Friday 18 August 2017

How one woman's misfortune can be another's opportunity

Constructive politicians north and south can now forge an alliance over Brexit, writes Ruth Dudley Edwards

Fired: Theresa May’s chief of staff Nick Timothy and joint-chief of staff Fiona Hill were let go yesterday. Photo: PA
Fired: Theresa May’s chief of staff Nick Timothy and joint-chief of staff Fiona Hill were let go yesterday. Photo: PA
Ruth Dudley Edwards

Ruth Dudley Edwards

'Dear God, Ruth, what a feckin' shambles," began a message from a Tory friend last week.

"I had high hopes for Mrs May but she got it all badly wrong: a shoot-yourself-in-the-foot manifesto; a presidential campaign by a leader lacking presidential charisma; an abject failure to expose the flawed characters and disgraceful histories of the Labour triumvirate. I despair, I really do."

He summed up neatly the sentiments of millions of people who fear a Labour Party led by anti-West Marxists and therefore watched in horror as Mrs May's catastrophic campaign got its just deserts last Thursday night. Her control freakery, which caused her to take counsel from only three people - her husband, Philip, and Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, her two over-promoted and over-mighty advisers - was what did for her.

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