THEresa MAY is the most popular British PRIme Minister since records began. On the face of it this is staggering. She is so dull that she is not even properly boring. She is plain : neither beautiful nor ugly in a way that excites compassion.
Theresa May is neither Young nor old by political standards. She is unassuming yet self possessed. She is well turned out and she accessorises stylishly. May is telegenic but not full of herself. Her media performances are effective without seeming too polished. When first elected she was a poor Communicator and could not answer easy questions with a straight answer.
It is bizarre how so many people like MAY. No one adores her. There will be no cult of May as there was of Thatcher or Blair. She is perhaps a female Jim Callaghan. She is a capable everyoman. By affability and ordinariness she appeals to people.
The Prime Minister was on the Tory front bench for years in opposition. The public got used to her. She was one of only 13 Conservative women in 1997. There was a dearth of female talent in her party. The other women soon left Parliament.
The PM was Home Secretary for 6 years. That is the most demanding cabinet job. She came through it unscathed. Perhaps we underestimate tediousness as a political virtue>. No one dislikes her. She is not forthright on any issue. Is this a strategy or is she unopinionated?