Friday 28 July 2017

Theresa finds handholding can turn to hand-wringing

British Prime Minister Theresa May with U.S. President Donald Trump walk along The Colonnade at The White House (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)
British Prime Minister Theresa May with U.S. President Donald Trump walk along The Colonnade at The White House (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

Jillian Godsil

The last time I had a special relationship with another person we did, I confess, hold hands. It is what special friends do to show their affection and is moreover tolerated in public, even by puritanical bystanders.

I recall vividly that the hands were not small; they were warm and friendly, closing over my fingers in a comfortable fashion.

And that is why I watched with some small horror the scenes between Theresa May and Donald Trump, arguably the two great leaders of the free and English-speaking world. It was a first press conference and their smiles were wide for each other, both giving the open-mouthed braying hahahas of leaders in debate. She, smiling coyly over at Mr Trump as she answered for both, dismissing the gaps that lay between them and focusing on the ties that bind.

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