The real trouble with Theresa May's speech is not the undercurrent of lies and xenophobia. It's why she's doing it.
Well, you'd say it's obvious: she's scheming for power. But you'd be a fool.
She's pushing prejudices because somehow bigotry and prejudices work. Why? Why prejudice and bigotry is a big disadvantage in many areas of human life, but it's a useful tool in politics.
Strategy. Apparently, you don't need one to rule this country, in this age. Mrs May doesn't mind having none: today she says one thing, tomorrow pleases the crowd sidewise.
You've got to have a soundbite, as the wise man Robert Stephenson-Padron likes to say. Strategy becomes optional. Strategy becomes a liability even.
Strategy means being pro-active, and hence — not being reactive. A flood strikes, a snow stops the transport. Major development on international stage. What do you expect from a public figure? Do something, be there, write a law, institute a department, task force, any response. A minister isn't responding decisively — the opposition is quick to stoke the anger.
We're wrong here. When things go wrong, I am looking for slow actions, deliberate response, I am looking for a politician who takes time and has a strategy. Unemployment went up 0.05% — I don't want to see 'shit what do we do print money hike the taxes lower blame EU' — I want to see analysis assesment of the current strategy adjustment if it's beneficial.
Opportunistic politics versus intelligent politics.
We have a whole class of the former. We must have a good few of the latter, if only less visible and subdued.
The tectonic disaster of the Labour-lead left may actually give hope here. Not in a short term, but when Tories start to slide really bad. And with Mrs May's cocky language it's clear it will happen, they will go sour.
So let's prepare. Let's think of a strategy. Let's start building an intelligent class of new digital media. Let's watch out for politicians that are bold enough to have a strategy.