Wednesday 20 September 2017

Brexit is not going away so we need to just get on with it now

Irish and Scottish nationalistic hysteria just wastes everyone's time

'The job of Home Secretary is agreed to be the most difficult in British political life, and Mrs May was one of the longest serving ever, described by one junior minister as 'a fierce manager of her team'' Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
'The job of Home Secretary is agreed to be the most difficult in British political life, and Mrs May was one of the longest serving ever, described by one junior minister as 'a fierce manager of her team'' Photo: John Stillwell/PA Wire
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

Brexit is happening and all those affected should be trying to make the best of it. Yet Irish and Scottish nationalists seem intent on seeking party advantage through negativity and an Anglophobia that grown-ups grew out of long ago. And now British Prime Minister Theresa May has called an election.

Mrs May is unknowable. An only child, who lost her parents in her mid-20s, and is herself childless, although she has intensely loyal (and brutal) aides, she has no intimates other than her husband Philip, whom she met at university. The pair are a prime example of what Kurt Vonnegut named a "duprass", a pair who need no one but each other.

Confident and single-minded, she lives by the Christian virtues imbibed in an Oxford vicarage and has succeeded because of her appetite for hard work, her refusal to be pushed around and her stubborn determination to see every job through to the end. The job of Home Secretary is agreed to be the most difficult in British political life, and Mrs May was one of the longest serving ever, described by one junior minister as "a fierce manager of her team" who commanded meetings "by sheer force of personality" and never "let an issue go". Diagnosed in 2012 with type I diabetes, she has four daily insulin injections and was foolishly dismissed on health grounds by many as a potential successor to David Cameron.

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