Berry_07-2018
Correspondence

Requiem for a Remainer

It is time to ring down the curtain on the troubled rule of Theresa May.  May became Prime Minister as the result of a series of flukes, which a scriptwriter would have dismissed as too implausible to work.  She was home secretary in the Cameron Government, and cannot have entertained serious hopes beyond retaining her Cabinet position.  While Cameron ruled, that was it.  During the referendum campaign, May signaled support for Remain, and thereafter did no campaigning.  In the unkind words of Richard Littlejohn (about former Prime Minister Gordon Brown), she “hid behind the sofa.”  When the votes came in, and it was clear that Britain had voted for Leave, Cameron announced at 8:30 that morning that he would stand down and that there would be a leadership election.  Five names came forward, May being one.  Liam Fox was knocked out in the first round of voting, and it was widely expected that the winner would be Boris Johnson or Michael Gove.  To universal shock, Gove announced that Johnson was unfit to be leader.  “He intended murder and committed suicide,” for Johnson in a dignified manner stood down from the contest, and Gove was forced to follow suit.  That left Andrea Leadsom, who made a crass and universally condemned comment on the psychological difficulties of being childless.  She, too, stood down, and Theresa May was left victrix ludorum—without...

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