Theresa May’s quiet, com­pe­tent lead­er­ship is more valu­able to Bri­tain than shal­low charisma

The Sunday Telegraph - - Letters to the editor -

SIR – When it comes to prime min­is­ters, we should be care­ful what we wish for.

Tony Blair, for ex­am­ple, was very good at pre­sen­ta­tion, and he was pop­u­lar (at least at the start). How­ever, it is hard to ar­gue that he was a suc­cess­ful Prime Min­is­ter. Bri­tain’s fi­nances are still re­cov­er­ing from 13 years of New Labour.

De­spite her poor pre­sen­ta­tion, Theresa May has han­dled the is­sues fac­ing the coun­try well. I pre­fer that to pre­sen­ta­tion with­out sub­stance. Barry Smith

Lough­bor­ough, Le­ices­ter­shire

SIR – Those call­ing for Mrs May to re­sign have failed to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive.

Be­fore de­mand­ing her re­place­ment, there needs to be an al­ter­na­tive leader who will com­mand sup­port across the Con­ser­va­tive Party. Tony Mar­ris

Lost­with­iel, Corn­wall SIR – If it was not ob­vi­ous be­fore, it must be ob­vi­ous now that the Tories need a new leader, as soon as pos­si­ble.

Enough of the dither­ing, low-key Mrs May. The party – and, above all, the coun­try – need a leader with a big per­son­al­ity who can gal­vanise the Gov­ern­ment and the pub­lic, de­liver con­fi­dence and de­liver Brexit.

For­get David Davis and for­get Philip Ham­mond. We need Boris John­son – and, in the longer term, Ja­cob ReesMogg, who should be quickly in­ducted into Mr John­son’s cab­i­net, along with Brex­i­teers such as John Red­wood. Dr Richard Clark

Durham

SIR – Mrs May has been a dis­as­trous Prime Min­is­ter. She need­lessly threw away a work­ing ma­jor­ity, and she al­lowed her thug­gish ad­vis­ers to un­der­mine the prin­ci­ples of cab­i­net gov­ern­ment by bul­ly­ing min­is­ters.

Her de­ter­mi­na­tion to fight an­other gen­eral elec­tion puts per­sonal hubris be­fore the good of the party. Peter For­rest Lon­don N6 SIR – Ruth David­son is ar­tic­u­late, en­gag­ing, op­ti­mistic and en­er­getic. She has a clear vi­sion, and an­swers ques­tions un­am­bigu­ously.

Com­pare her at­tributes to those of other se­nior Tories, in­clud­ing our ex­tremely poor Prime Min­is­ter. It is time for Mrs May to ac­cept that her cur­rent job is be­yond her and make way for a more ca­pa­ble leader. Clif­ford Bax­ter

Ware­ham, Dorset

SIR – Mrs May has shown such sto­icism in con­tin­u­ing as Prime Min­is­ter, de­spite vit­ri­olic re­port­ing from the me­dia and the ef­forts to sab­o­tage her speech at the Tory con­fer­ence.

She dealt with the stu­pid­ity of the “prank” with hu­mour, and over­came her cough in a man­ner that would have left a lesser per­son in de­spair.

When the re­sult of the EU ref­er­en­dum that he had in­sti­gated did not suit him, David Cameron took the coward’s way out and re­signed. He should have led the coun­try through what­ever lay ahead. For­tu­nately Mrs May did not choose that course af­ter the gen­eral elec­tion. If those in her Gov­ern­ment plot to oust her, this coun­try will suf­fer when it is bankrupted by Marx­ist ideals. Ju­dith Rogers

Raunds, Northamp­ton­shire

SIR – The Prime Min­is­ter can­not be blamed for hav­ing a cold, or for child­ish pranks and poor glue.

How­ever, she can be blamed for us­ing free-mar­ket rhetoric to present so­cial­ist poli­cies (such as more coun­cil hous­ing and price con­trols in the en­ergy mar­ket). The prob­lems she rightly iden­ti­fies can only be re­solved by less gov­ern­ment in­ter­fer­ence, sub­sidy and reg­u­la­tion – not more.

If the Tory party al­lows it­self to be led by a statist for much longer, it will lose the next gen­eral elec­tion, with hor­ren­dous con­se­quences for Bri­tain. All Mrs May does is give cred­i­bil­ity to Labour’s non­sen­si­cal be­lief that gov­ern­ment knows best. Tim Jan­man Lon­don W6

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