Fintan O’Toole: Don’t even feel a bit sorry for Theresa May

The British PM’s dullness hides a monomaniacal obsession with staying in power

Brexit battle: like English players at Wimbledon, Theresa May has been hyped up far beyond her merits and promoted to Centre Court. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty

Brexit battle: like English players at Wimbledon, Theresa May has been hyped up far beyond her merits and promoted to Centre Court. Photograph: Thomas Niedermueller/Getty

The British prime minister doesn’t cut it as a tragic figure. Instead, stuck in Brexit chaos partly of her own making, she has had the overweening ambition of a mini-Macbeth

Theresa May always made much of her devotion to the cricketer Geoffrey Boycott. She campaigned unsuccessfully for the former England and Yorkshire batsman to be awarded a knighthood and implicitly compared herself to him: “I have been a Geoff Boycott fan all my life. It was just that he kind of solidly got on with what he was doing.”

But while this idea of modelling herself on Boycott’s dogged, undemonstrative persistence at the wicket seems to capture May’s own qualities, it has one big flaw. Boycott actually scored the runs.

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