'May needed a barnstormer; instead, she limped home'

'May needed a barnstormer; instead, she limped home'
Comedian Simon Brodkin hands Theresa May a P45 during her speech to the Conservative conference. Pic: Getty

The temporary back-patting at the end of May’s speech means nothing, and the main players are already assessing the damage

'Back on track! In command! May's might on show'. These are the kind of headlines British prime minister Theresa May would have wanted yesterday and today, after her big ticket speech to her fellow Conservatives at their party conference in Manchester.

Instead the accumulated stresses of life in the Brexit/Boris Johnson vortex took their toll and left a lozenge-licking, spluttering politician alone - centre-stage, gasping for breath. And this was after being forced to...

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