Saturday, 22 April 2017

Both Theresa May's grandmothers were servants

The London Review of Books, a magazine that infuriates me by reflecting the unthinking left-wing consensus of British academia, has published a rather enjoyable review of a biography of Theresa May by Rosa Prince. 

It contains the interesting information that both May’s grandmothers were in service and one of her great-grandfathers was a butler. 

The biography contains an interesting explanation of why she took almost no part in the referendum campaign.

In 2013 May was slapped down by Cameron’s team for straying outside her remit by delivering a speech entitled ‘Vision for Britain’, which was seen as a transparent leadership pitch. She responded with a self-denying ordinance pledging she would never again as home secretary stray beyond her brief. She stuck to it during the EU referendum, limiting herself to a few half-hearted remarks about the security implications, where the case for Remain was always going to be a little muddy. If Cameron had wanted more from her then he should have allowed more from her earlier on.
She's dull. Maybe we need that. 

Sir Edward Heath was as dull as ditchwater. Sir John Major is famously dull. These are not good auguries but, on the other hand, Attlee was the dullest Prime Minister of all and very successful. David Cameron was debonair, eloquent and clever, but too clever by half.

Mrs. Thatcher was a dull speaker and a dull woman but her policies were never dull. Let's see if Theresa May, like Mrs. Thatcher, has an inner core of strong beliefs. I suspect that she hasn't, but we shall see.

So far she has done very well. But so had Gordon Brown in his first few months as Prime Minister. He, however, made the fatal mistake that she has not and shirked an early election.

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