14 July 2016, The Tablet

Theresa May can seize the moment


After a nervous interlude when Britain appeared to have neither a Government nor an Opposition, a new national leader has emerged who can command trust and respect. Theresa May, the country’s second female Prime Minister, may never attract the devotion that Margaret Thatcher gained for herself. This capable vicar’s daughter, Conservative MP for Maidenhead and longest serving Home Secretary for a century, is not the leader of a crusade and does not mind being unpopular. Paradoxically, that may be the key to success. The country, not least after the official misuse of information described in the Chilcot Report, is tired of spin. If Mrs May’s career has a motto, it is “what you see is what you get”. That is a good foundation for the rebuilding of trust in government.

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