12 July 2016

May

Theresa Mary May - born in Eastbourne on October 1st 1956 - and now Great Britain's eighty first Prime Minister. But who is she? The following quotations give a real sense of the character of the woman behind the headlines.

"I was in the Commons recently and saw a young lady wearing a nice pair of shoes. I said I liked them and she said my shoes were the reason she became involved in politics."

"I'm not sure I should reveal the sources of my clothes."

"My night out would be with my husband, wherever he chose to take me."

"I have not watched WAGs World, I have not watched the BBC's Upstairs, Downstairs, either. It would be Downton Abbey, I think."

"I was a teenage godmother."

"I'm not someone who feels anger on particular issues."


So there we have it. Britain's answer to Angela Merkel... or maybe our answer to Hillary Clinton. During these challenging political times, it is comforting to know that our ship is being sailed into the future under the watchful guidance of  such a passionate and capable skipper. Someone with her finger on the pulse and so heavily endorsed by the electorate. As the song said:-
May each day of the week be a good day,
May the Lord always watch over you,
And may all of your hopes turn to wishes,
And may all of your wishes come true.

Theresa Brasier as a girl in Eastbourne. It was a happy, rambunctious
childhood of love and laughter as the picture possibly suggests.

33 comments:

  1. I believe this is what is called an ad hominem argument, in which the person is attacked or belittled or denigrated or mocked instead of the issue at hand. Hell hath no fury like a Remain scorned, eh?

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    1. May also voted "Remain" but cunningly lurked in the background throughout the referendum campaign.

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    2. I was referring to you.

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    3. I don't get what you are saying. I am certainly not feeling scorned.

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  2. Concerning Hillary Clinton, there are no answers, only questions, none of which she will answer truthfully.

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    1. The e-mail issue has been dealt with. The FBI said she was truthful and helpful and now there are no questions left to answer. She is a decent, hard-working and very experienced politician. She deserves to be the next president and I urge you to vote for her.

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    2. The FBI most definitely did not say she was truthful. Do you ever read beyond the headlines? She was not "exonerated". FBI director James Comey said she lied repeatedly, even under oath (which is a crime called perjury). The uproar on this side of the pond is based on the fact that his decision not to recommend indictment to the Department of Justice is political, not based on the evidence he presented to the public in great detail. I don't care for either Clinton or Trump, but she is not the lesser of two evils.

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    3. Comey said she had been guilty of "extreme carelessness" (not a crime) but that she was not "grossly negligent" (the wording in the statute and therefore a crime). Please, Mr. English Teacher, explain to me the difference between extreme carelessness and gross negligence.

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    4. I think the whole thing was inflated way out of perspective. George W. Bush also used personal e-mail addresses for presidential communications. The secret service were remiss is not giving clear guidance about e-mail security. Mrs Clinton has admitted that she erred but there was no ill-will or deliberate disregarding of protocol. The baying of Republicans is like a flock of sheep with bellyache. We can all be careless but gross negligence suggests absolute disregard for the clearly defined guidelines of duty. Instead of nitpicking why not look instead for her best qualities - the bigger picture. HILLARY! HILLARY!

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    5. Bernie Sanders in Portsmouth NH this very afternoon "“I have come here today not to talk about the past but to focus on the future. That future will be shaped more by what happens on November 8 ... than by any other event in the world. I have come here to make it as clear as possible as to why I am endorsing Hillary Clinton and why she must become our next president.”

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    6. YP, you are well informed I assumed G.W. Bush was illiterate. One lives and learns.

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  3. Interesting thoughts and hope the future looks brighter than it is now. Greetings!

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    1. At least she is called May and not November or February. May is a more hopeful month.

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  4. Come what may...it's a little early, I think, for comment. She hasn't even started the job yet, for goodness sake.

    Furthermore, the woman is 60 years of age...I'm sure she has said more things throughout her 6 decades than the six you've listed. In your estimation she's only spoken once each decade of her life (five given she probably didn't begin to talk until after she was one year old).

    If the "Remain" had won the vote...would not similar disgruntlement be shown for other disgruntled folk. Can't please all the people all the time...and the people voted.

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    1. Like me, May voted "Remain". As a free man living in the free world I reserve the right to poke fun at our politicians. She did say other things in her sixty years such as "Peter! There's no bloody toilet paper left!", "I hate visiting the north of England - they are so uncouth up there!" and "Daddy, please may I sit on your knee".

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  5. Poor lass always reminds me of Kenneth Williams. Unfortunately she neither his ability or wit and is just a Dithery Dave with boobs.
    It's getting time for the revolution, I'm halfway there as I'm pretty revolting.

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    1. Revolution? Does that mean we have to climb aboard a fairground horse?

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  6. There isnt a shining star of political leadership in any of the parties, but she'll do for now . After all my only question is what did they have on Boris to keep him so quiet ?

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    1. I heard him meekly endorsing Andrea Leadsom. It will be interesting to see if May gives him any sort of cabinet role. Perhaps he is a transvestite.

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    2. They are probably going to make him Director General of the BBC ! That's enough to keep anyone quiet.

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  7. I think I know what you're saying about your new PM. Airhead seems a good description from her quotes. I hope she's better than that!

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    1. I must admit that my choice of quotations was rather mischievous.

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    2. No YP, not mischievous, just facile. In the past you've made it quite clear that your political leanings lie in the "opposite" camp. Your comments can be taken as snide. Let's face it, you must have voted for the wonderful Tony Blair and his band of useless layabouts. Need I say more?
      I'm disappointed that you've stooped so low.

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  8. Have slapped my hand and written out 'field' one hundred times!

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    1. It is not your hand that needed slapping young ladY!

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  9. Let's all hope it turns out for the best.

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  10. Hmm... not sure Mrs. May can be compared with Frau Merkel; do they have more in common than their sex? (And no, I don't mean their sex lives, since I honestly am not in the least interested in anyone else's but my own!)

    I know who will be extraordinarily pleased about her being the new PM: my mother-in-law.

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    1. I think that our Mrs May is just as pretty as your Mrs Merkel! Do either them have sex lives? Urrrgh! Unpleasant images have just flashed across the cinema screen in my head.

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  11. You've made your point. You don't like her.

    Alphie

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    1. How could you tell? I thought I had kept this under wraps.

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  12. Your not liking Theresa didn't totally shine through the way I read your post!

    She has one thing in common with many other politicians - she lost a parent when she was relatively young after her father died in a car accident when she was in her mid-20s.

    What will be interesting will be to see if she delivers on the left of centre rhetoric of her speeches. She certainly seems to have cleared out that public school bunch, apart from Boris who I suspect she has kept on to take the blame for everything that will inevitably go wrong.

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  13. Your not liking Theresa didn't totally shine through the way I read your post!

    She has one thing in common with many other politicians - she lost a parent when she was relatively young after her father died in a car accident when she was in her mid-20s.

    What will be interesting will be to see if she delivers on the left of centre rhetoric of her speeches. She certainly seems to have cleared out that public school bunch, apart from Boris who I suspect she has kept on to take the blame for everything that will inevitably go wrong.

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