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All these qualities will be needed in abundance as the Prime Minister confronts a recrudescence of Islamic terrorism. We can’t know whether the Westminster atrocity is one in a sequence of intermittent attacks, or whether it will soon be followed by others. If Khalid Masood had arrived recently in Britain from Syria there would probably be less cause for alarm. Yet he was born in this country and lived here for 52 years. Mrs May was admirably calm and resolute in the immediate aftermath of the outrage. She struck the right note in a way Mrs Thatcher could scarcely have surpassed. Words, though, are one thing, decisive action another. Margaret Thatcher did not flinch in the face of the IRA terrorism, even when her own life was threatened. Theresa May will need all of her predecessor’s nerves of steel.

Her approach to politics is, above all, one of serious intent. After Nicola Sturgeon had opportunistically announced that she was seeking a second Scottish referendum, Mrs May’s response was telling: “Politics is not a game.” It may be a game for the Scottish Nationalists. It was most certainly, in her view, a game for George Osborne and David Cameron, who are in her mind essentially frivolous. Such people do chop and change jobs at the drop of a hat in the hunt for fame or riches. Mr Osborne sees nothing wrong with taking on a newspaper editorship and lucrative City sinecures while remaining an MP. But it’s not a game for Theresa May. It’s a calling. A mission, almost. In that she does have a lot in common with Margaret Thatcher.

Anne Jenkin thinks, “We’re incredibly lucky that she came along at the right time. Somebody, somewhere was watching us.” I know what she means. At this uncertain and sometimes rather scary juncture in our history, Theresa May is a deeply reassuring presence. We will have to wait and see whether she is also an effective one.  

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amcdonald
July 22nd, 2017
11:07 AM
I`ve changed my mind about Theresa May. I voted for Brexit and the Labour Party.

amcdonald
April 19th, 2017
1:04 PM
It`s good news Theresa May isn`t doing tv debates. The other party leaders are professionally jealous of her and can only rattle their bins noisily. George Osbourne is actually leading the retreat of the anti-Mayists. The majority of voters will give Theresa May her mandate.

amcdonald
April 18th, 2017
5:04 PM
After her announcement for June 8 Theresa May has my vote. 17.4 million Brexiteers may well have already decided to vote for her.

amcdonald
April 3rd, 2017
10:04 PM
George `Tampon Tax` Osborne claims the tax will raise £15 million to fund women`s organisations. £250,000 is going to the anti-abortion propaganda organisation Life. It`s deeply shameful and a disgrace. Osborne could pay the £15 million himself. Who in the Tory Party thinks it`s a great idea to tax the periods of girls and women ? Perhaps Theresa May could answer Suzanne Moore at the Guardian. Osborne is now also editor of a London junk mail freebie. It was his cocaine addicted banker friends in the City that caused the crash/robbery. He shares in their delusions of adequacy. The Brexit liberation needs no Osbornes in the Tory Party.

Arnie Ward
April 3rd, 2017
11:04 AM
In the opening paragraph Glover could have replaced the phrase "before going down from university" with a single word understood everywhere, "graduating". Such a quaint and anachronistic turn of phrase.

amcdonald
March 30th, 2017
4:03 PM
Theresa May is indeed mistress of all she surveys. Thanks to 17.4 million Brexiteers she`s now Prime Minister. The Remnants will never forgive us for destroying their illusion that they are the progressives and rebels. They are historical junk merchants. It doesn`t matter if Theresa May voted Remain. She`s now sincerely enacting the will of the people as Prime Minister. She should replace student nurse loans with grants. She should initiate a council house building project. She should fund Womens Refuges. Materialist solutions. At present which political party is even capable of delivering a pizza ? The glorious, chaotic dawn and magnificent Brexit victory was a civil war without muskets. No one at the BBC will say so. The artist Anish Kapoor is heartbroken in his Remainia. But it`s him and his set who are the small minds, small hearts (the Art Newspaper). The Ponces (as Julie Burchill has it). It`s entirely up to Theresa May and her team to prove the Tory Party can be other than `the Nasty Party`. She`s up for it and will probably get my vote in a General Election.

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