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Theresa May
« on: May 25, 2019, 08:55:46 AM »
So the suburban housewife finally agrees to go.  There is a very good article in the Times by Matthew Parris:-

So what made Theresa tick? Self‑pity and lack of empathy

During the 2017 general election the BBC’s Newsnight asked me to make a short film —Theresa May: a profile. I ended it with my honest conclusion: “Who is Theresa May? . . . She keeps her personality, her identity almost, guarded like a castle . . . [This] urge to keep the world out needs explaining.

“You might behave as she does if you absolutely knew what to do and brooked no opposition. You might behave as she does if you didn’t have a clue.

“Which is it? I end, as I started, none the wiser.”

Two years have passed since then: two years in which to explore the mind, the feelings and the purposes of this enigmatic woman. But all those two years have done is take me back, again and again, to what my interviewees told me. In retrospect, it’s uncanny.

As home secretary she and her husband had been guests at our home in Derbyshire, and seemed relaxed so long as my partner and I steered clear of politics, though I’d been startled (at an earlier activists’ lunch) by how completely she was thrown by a mildly critical question from Edwina Currie. But I’d just kept thinking to myself: “She’s a bit shy; not a touchy-feely person; but perhaps quite deep, quite driven, quite sure of where she wants to go.”

Intelligent? “I don’t think it’s a brilliant mind, but does that matter?” Baroness Jenkin asked. Anne Jenkin worked with Mrs May at getting more women into parliament. She praised her commitment but noted a lack of empathy with the flesh-and-blood people she dealt with. And at the end of a day’s work with Women2Win, “there was no, ‘OK let’s kick our shoes off and chew the fat’ afterwards”.

Pat Frankland had known May the longest, since Oxford, and remembered she had always wanted to be prime minister. Pat was the only person we could find who was uncomplicatedly fond of her but she worried that if her old friend had a fault, “perhaps it would be not listening to a wide variety of voices”. She worried, too, about “her lack of ability to form a gang”. Plus “some rigidity”.

A lack of flexibility was a recurring theme. A fairly close colleague, Eric Pickles, was supportive but penetrating: “Most people in politics are transactional: ‘You do this and I’ll do that.’ She isn’t like that at all. She is the worst person in the world to do a deal because she will do things on their merit.”

Sir Nick Clegg remembered from coalition days that she lacked the “quicksilver skills to cajole and charm and persuade people to do what you want”. He, like Pat Frankland, diagnosed a want of imaginative reach and openness to others’ worlds. Sir Nick thought she unconsciously compensated by burrowing furiously into detail. “There was something especially meticulous but slightly unsure, as well, about the way she pored over all the numbers.”

He was struck by how little interest May showed “in wider political issues”, saying: “In terms of [an] organising vision for society I’m not really persuaded there is much there.”

I started this column as I ended that documentary, with the “knock-knock” question: “Is there anyone at home?” Well of course there is, there must be, there’s always an inner light, even if you can’t see it from the front window.

But is there a prime minister at home? I’ve come to believe there never was. And prime minister was the person she so wanted to be. Could this explain her strange reluctance ever to sleep at No 10?

If the old only could, if the young only knew.

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Theresa May's voice cracks as she announces her resignation from the steps of Downing Street. May spoke of her 'enormous and enduring gratitude' for the opportunity to lead the country in an emotional speech after naming 7 June as the day she will step aside as Conservative leader

Anyone who goes to a psychiatrist should have his head examined.