A Prime Minister and Cabinet Designed to Exit the EU
The Challenge for Ms. May
Ms. Leadsom dropped out after an interview with the Times in which she said that, because she had children, she had more of a stake in the future of the country than Theresa May. Ms. May became the second woman prime minister after Margaret Thatcher, but men still dominate her cabinet and the House of Commons.
Ms. May, a state-educated daughter of an Anglican clergyman, offers a contrast to her predecessors and many of the the key actors in the referendum campaign and subsequent ructions in the Conservative Party, here described by Simon Kuper as a coup by one set of public schoolboys against another.
John Cassidy at the New Yorker spells out Ms. May’s challenges. He was one among many commentators, who noted her speech in front of 10 Downing Street tried to appeal to the middle ground of politics, which many see as having been vacated by the Labour Party. Simon Jenkins, see below, noted that Ms. May promised to deliver for all, not just the privileged few. “But where in the haystack of cliché lies the needle of significance?” he asked.
Apparently, Ms. May was previously beaten to the role of prime minister, albeit as a 17-year old in a mock school election.