What Rod says:
It’s also a lack of willingness to be the one that gets the blame.
Imagine if she did actually do this, just call the whole thing off in the interests of strengthening our hand and coming back when we have a cohesive idea and strategy instead of rushing into it (or better yet actually taking the role we are/were supposed to have and be a European centre of power and reform the damned thing from the INSIDE!!!:S)
She’d be crucified, accused of betrayal blah blah.
Imho she’s already going to be crucified no matter what.
I think there’s also an ego thing going on, because this is her deal.
Also, I get the impression she genuinely thinks this is the best that can be done, and maybe from one point of view it is.
I also think Chamberlain had that impression too, and from one point of view he was - arguably- right (had Hitler kept to the terms of the deal that was hammered out, arguably WW2 wouldn’t have happened.)
In both cases however, what we need is someone a little crazy, not so institutionalised, who has some sort of vision and is willing to put their neck on the line.
Churchill and Thatcher were like that. in many respects they were horrible people, but they were goddamned leaders.
I’m just imagining this current bunch of jokers in 1982, reacting to Argentinian aggression…:(