Theresa May: she’s not herself

“Whom the gods would destroy, first they make mad.” Anyone watching the face of Tory leader Theresa May in recent weeks must be tempted to cast her as a classical tragic heroine, who a short few weeks ago was happily reading about the incompetence of her opposite number Jeremy Corbyn while she was presented as a baleful strong-woman, set on knocking the stuffing out of the hapless Jeremy and reducing the Labour Party to a scorched shell, unelectable for at least a generation.

And now? Total role reversal. Corbyn has an almost universal approval rating, May is cast in the role of incompetent clown that she thought she’d assigned to Corbyn.

You know you’re in big trouble when the tabloids do a volte-face. Right up to the eve of the election, The Sun was fully behind the Tory leader, headlining the dangers of Britain becoming a Marxist state (no, seriously),  if Jeremy Corbyn came to power. And now?


“Listen, May, you called an election when you shouldn’t have called an election and fought a truly rotten campaign.”

“Ballsing up the election is one thing, but Theresa May can think again if she wants to gamble with our Brexit negotations”.

Next time she comes on TV, look into the eyes of the British prime minister. As the former Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne said gleefully not long ago, Theresa May is a dead person walking. She may still move, she may  still speak, but those eyes have supped their full of horror and have quietly died, the dark rings around them providing a fitting funereal touch.

Oh, and I suppose you’ve heard? This is the leader of the party the DUP can’t wait to sign nuptial vows with. Shurely shome mishtake?



11 Responses to Theresa May: she’s not herself

  1. Eolach June 18, 2017 at 11:35 am #

    One thing the election of Trump , the fightback of Corbyn and the Brexit vote proves is that people are no longer swayed by the right-wing press . It is a grave danger for any democracy to have its press and media controlled by one or two right wing moguls. Theresa May is still foolishly forging ahead with her plan to control the internet and her counterpart in Germany wants a heavy tax on internet usage…..worrying lurches to the extreme right to control what you’re allowed to see and hear. I think Orwell’s ” Nineteen Eighty Four ” should be read by everyone with a working brain. Theresa May’s reversal of fortunes may well leave the DUP with a lot of egg on a lot of collective faces.. It’s now time for steady nerves and careful decisions ….Sinn Féin need to keep a cool head …..the King-makers may be heading back to the dreary steeples ,with a less than smug grin and we might have to remind them that they are still ” personae non gratae “….. we wouldn’t want to afford them the ability to walk straight in to a resurrected Stormont.

  2. michael c June 18, 2017 at 11:43 am #

    I wonder do the O’Brien press (sindo.indo Belfast tele,sunday life etc) ever reflect on how their anti SF agenda has so little effect on the electorate.Similarily do the Irish news ever reflect on how much of their reporting is so out of step with its readership due to the inconrovertible fact that SF represent up to 75% of the nationalist electorate.

    • "Buachaill Ón Éirne" June 18, 2017 at 8:14 pm #

      At the last N. I. Assembly election around 18% of the valid electorate voted for both Sinn Fein and the DUP. Although that level of support established them as easily the strongest parties on their respective sides of the sectarian divide, there remains a significant 64% and a few more, who probably buy the odd newspaper ..!!

  3. Eolach June 18, 2017 at 12:06 pm #

    The dalliance between the DUP and the Tories may have serious repercussions if allowed to continue. A document has just emerged , written by Michael Gove in 2000 and shows a terrifying insight into Tory thinking on the GFA.
    “The Belfast Agreement poses a threat not just to the Britishness of Northern Ireland but the British way of doing things in law, equality of opportunity, policing and human rights. In every area it creates unhappy precedents, likely to divide our society, burden the taxpayer and bloat the State.

    The Belfast Agreement has, at its heart, however, an even greater wickedness… It is a humiliation of our Army, Police and Parliament. But, worse still, it is a denial of our national integrity, in every sense of the word. Surely, is the Belfast Agreement not the greatest achievement of this Government, but an indelible mark against it?”

    This document was again defended by Mr Gove as recently as 2016 saying

    “One of things I would say now, we now have peace in Northern Ireland, I’m delighted that we do, but the things we did during the negotiations in the way that we handled the IRA, I would not have done… There is a moral question about someone who had been engaged in terrorism should be in office and I found that very difficult to take.”

    • Mark June 18, 2017 at 5:02 pm #

      “The Belfast Agreement poses a threat not just to the Britishness of Northern Ireland’
      I have no idea what Gove read at university but, I’d be fairly certain it was neither law nor geography.
      What part of Ireland is Britain?
      Agus go raibh maith agat Eolach.

  4. Wolfe tone June 18, 2017 at 12:58 pm #

    When the media and tabloids do a volte-face then one should be cautious………perhaps the state now wants the UK’s Obama I.e Corbyn to do their dirty work? Get the ‘nice’ one to bring in the bad policies?

  5. John Patton June 18, 2017 at 1:16 pm #

    Bizarrely, I cannot prevent myself feeling some sympathy for this beleaguered woman. Jumping on graves has never appealed to me and let’s face it who wouldn’t feel sorry for someone, closeted with Niger and Gregory.

    • Wolfe tone June 18, 2017 at 2:32 pm #

      Taking into account that prime ministers etc are advised on policies and p.r etc etc, and rarely go solo, if ever, one wonders if she is being set up to fall? For example, out of all options available to her, she hastily was advised to reach out to the DUP for govt support when she could have easily put out the hand to the lib democrats. The Tory loving media would’ve helped her in putting pressure on the lib dems to help bring stability to the UK rather than allowing a Tory govt to embarrass itself and seek a deal with extremists and bigots. Even out of touch English tories would know linking up with DUP is going to bring unwanted flak, unless of course, that’s what they want? Flak and lots of it.

      Although Tim Farron, as new lib dem leader, said he wouldn’t go into govt with the Tories, he would’ve realised very quickly that you should never say never when it comes to politics. In fact his party would’ve had the opportunity to reverse some previous libdem/Tory policies that some say damaged the lid dems eg student fees. Added to that, Tim Farron resigned as leader after the election which would’ve saved him from having to stand over his “won’t go into govt with the Tories” stance. As it stands, Terry May is being advised to do and say all the wrong things, allthewhile her friends in the media have all of a sudden turned into closet Corbynistas and are now ramping up her overthrow. Corbyn will need to tread carefully……..the suits wouldn’t make it so easy for him unless they wanted to.

  6. Cal June 18, 2017 at 8:03 pm #

    May proves that talent is no prerequisite for a successful career in politics.

  7. michael c June 18, 2017 at 9:50 pm #

    Buachaill, the Irish News is overwhelmingly sold in the big “nationalist” constituencies where SF rule supreme.A protestant friend who follows GAA told me that there is not even one copy of it to be found in a major town in South Antrim.I have no doubt that its availability would be similar in the likes of North Down and East Belfast.The Irish News is and always has been the Nationalist newspaper and bought for its POLITICAL NEWS ,GAA coverage and death notices.I have’nt the slightest doubt that it’s readership is majority SF.

  8. D Walker June 20, 2017 at 1:03 pm #

    Things will not go smoothly for May and Foster. A legal challenge to the coalition is about to be made. It is on the grounds that such an agreement is going to jeopardize the impartiality of the Good Friday agreement and there are surely reams of clear-cut evidence for that

    Even from where I am standing as a British person that challenge has a very high chance of succeeding on the afore-mentioned basis.

    Arlene has only one more seat than Sinn Fein and when, in the likely scenario the coalition fails to stand up in court, Ms Foster will lose confidence amongst her own ranks. I woukd say its probably a win win for Sinn Fein .and that pair of hapless ladies will have shot themselves in the foot. In a manner of speaking ..