Saturday 16 December 2017

Who should take the bins out? All the reaction to Theresa May's appearance on The One Show

The Prime Minister appeared with her husband Philip – and their marriage was a hot topic.

By Edward Dracott

Theresa May has appeared for a highly personal interview on the BBC’s The One Show with her husband Philip – and it’s the Prime Minister’s views on taking the bins out which have really caused a stir amongst the public.

On Twitter there was some anticipation for the interview before the show began – even Number 10′s own Larry the Cat was ready with a zinger.

That is of course an unofficial parody account for Downing Street’s chief mouser – Larry prefers Facebook, we think.

For some the drama really did begin early though, when the show was preceded by a party political broadcast by the Labour Party.

The Conservative leader’s appearance is the first in a series on the show which will include six other party leaders – and we’ll have to wait and see if a Tory broadcast precedes Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn’s interview.

While others couldn’t help but remember past Conservative leaders who have been guests on The One Show. In 2011 host Matt Baker asked David Cameron “how on Earth” he slept at night.

There wasn’t any of that this time though. A key part to May’s interview with presenters Baker and Alex Jones was discussion of her marriage – and not all viewers were happy with her comments on taking the bins out.

We’re not talking about bin-taking technique of course, but after Philip said that job was part of his role in the relationship, May added that “there’s boy jobs and girl jobs”.

And others still needed some clarification.

Other talking points people picked up on included when May decided to become PM. Philip told the presenters he “never heard Theresa say she wanted to be prime minister until she was well established in the shadow cabinet”.

May had her first shadow cabinet role in June 1999, and naturally this was picked up on particularly by political commentators.

Ever a hot topic when it comes to the Prime Minister, the presenters of course also asked about May’s shoes.

Not everyone was pleased with this line of questioning of course, in fact it may have been mocked a little bit.

The discussion did pull out an interesting story from May however.

She said she once met a woman in the lift at the House of Commons who said it was the Tory leader’s shoes which inspired her to get into politics – a story which drew a lot of reaction.

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