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Guardian - Andrew Rawnsley - The Supreme Leader doesn't seem quite so invincible now

Ever since anyone can remember, there have been complaints that British elections have become "too presidential". Back in the 1970s, when the principals were Ted Heath and Harold Wilson, their duel was ridiculed as "a man with a boat and a man with a pipe".

So this spring's contest, with its relentless focus on the woman with the bag and the man with the beard, is not so much a new development as the culmination of a long-established trend. This was by Tory design because making it a personality contest was supposed to be to their benefit. The name of Theresa May is emblazoned on her campaign coach in lettering so enormous that it probably can be seen from outer space. The word Conservative is a microscopic footnote. The Tory campaign has been organised around the projection of the Supreme Leader to the virtual exclusion of every other member of the cabinet. Even Margaret Thatcher in her pomp would share appearances with her ministers. Mrs May has granted just the one "podium moment" to a member of the cabinet when she appeared alongside Philip Hammond and conspicuously failed to reassure the chancellor that he was safe in his job.

I, myself and me. That is how she likes to start her sentences. She asks for an enlarged majority to "give me a mandate" to negotiate Brexit. "I offer myself as your prime minister" - no nonsense about being the captain of a team. When she launched her programme, it was "my manifesto for Britain's future", words that soon came back to haunt her when one of its key policies began to unravel.

keep to the Fen Causeway
by Helen (lareinagal at yahoo dot co dot uk) on Sun May 28th, 2017 at 09:51:08 AM EST
I, myself and me. That is how she likes to start her sentences.

Just what Britain needs ... it's own Trump.  But can she start a nuke war with N. Korea? Huh huh?  

They tried to assimilate me. They failed.

by THE Twank (yatta blah blah @ blah.com) on Mon May 29th, 2017 at 09:11:29 AM EST
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Every country needs its own Trmp.  And soon will have one or two or three or multitudes of them.

Solar IS Civil Defense
by gmoke on Thu Jun 1st, 2017 at 09:25:11 PM EST
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"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Fri Jun 2nd, 2017 at 05:48:54 PM EST
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