Sunday 18 February 2018

John Downing: 'The man who came to dinner' is right - May has no plan

Theresa May on a walkabout during a election campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Photo: PA
Theresa May on a walkabout during a election campaign stop in Mevagissey, Cornwall. Photo: PA
John Downing

John Downing

This ill-mannered spat recalls the classic Hollywood movie, 'The Man Who Came to Dinner'. And, though he is a most unlikely film star, the lead role goes to the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.

In that uproarious 1942 classic, a dinner guest falls on his way into his host's home and breaks his hip. The doctor insists the injured guest cannot be moved from the house. And in the ensuing weeks the enforced long-stay lodger proceeds to interfere maliciously in every detail of the host family's life.

Let's quickly fill in a few details here. Last Wednesday, Mr Juncker went to dinner with British Prime Minister Theresa May, at Downing Street in London.

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