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Theresa May and Margaret Thatcher – compare and despair


When the praise you get for your speech comes from Jean-Claude Juncker, it is indeed time to be worried.

It was plain from his dismissive comments on Wednesday night as he stepped on the red carpet (what was this about – a political Hollywood?) before the dinner at the Salzburg summit that the menu mattered more to him than Theresa May’s forthcoming speech. Afterwards he said patronisingly: ‘It was interesting, it was polite, it was not aggressive. She is doing her job.’

As for Mrs May, she appeared so eager to ingratiate herself with him that she was ready to put up with a proffered lip kiss from the red-faced Juncker that would have had any #MeTooer running for her lawyer. You need to scroll down this article here to see.

If there’s anyone left in any doubt about the foolishness of May’s optimism that it was now time for the EU to compromise, I suggest they look back at this brilliant speech of 25 years ago which Mrs Thatcher made in the House of Lords about Maastricht.

Theresa May, who has compromised at every step of the way to Salzburg, is light years away from the Thatcher position; and in fact is in the process of caving in to almost every principle that Mrs T so excellently conveyed were vital for a nation state.

You can read it here.

If it was not clear to Mrs May before that the plan on which she has staked her reputation is dead, it surely must be now. There should be no option for a self respecting Prime Minister but resignation after such a humiliation.

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Kathy Gyngell
Kathy Gyngell
Kathy is Editor of The Conservative Woman. She is @kathygyngelltcw on GETTR and is back on Twitter.

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