This newspaper column judging Theresa May on her 'moral virtues' is absurd

Bethan McKernan@mck_beth
Wednesday 29 June 2016 13:30
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Nominations for the next leader of the Conservative party are now open. By the end of Thursday, the two candidates for the two-horse race will have been selected by their Tory MP peers.

While outsider Work and Pensions Secretary Stephen Crabb is the only potential leader to officially throw his hat into the ring at the time of writing, the smart money is on lead Brexiteer Boris Johnson and his main rival, Home Secretary Theresa May.

May led a YouGov poll on Tuesday as first choice to succeed David Cameron following his post-Brexit resignation and she's the bookies' favourite at the moment.

Her career achievements are impressive, no matter your politics: she became first female Chair of the Conservative Party in 2002, and she's the longest serving Home Secretary in more than 100 years.

But the Telegraph really hit the nail on the head in a comment piece published on Wednesday morning.

In a piece praising May's credentials, there's also time to mention her 'moral' virtues.

These include:

  • "Being married to the same man since 1980 (morally sound: check)"

  • "She doesn’t flirt or use feminine wiles to get her way"

  • "Doesn’t have any children (could be a turn-off for some but it does mean she’s less likely to be distracted on the job)"

Also relevant, apparently:

  • "She cooks a new recipe every week and goes to church every Sunday"

  • And "works a good shoe (a lady who loves a bit of leopard-print is one after my own heart)"

In sum:

If Dave was the essay crisis PM, Theresa will be the head girl premier, homework always done to A* standard, and in immaculate handwriting, too.

A new prime minister will be in office by 2 September.

We wonder if Boris Johnson, Stephen Crabb and Jeremy Hunt will also get evaluated on their flirting, cooking skills and fashion choices...

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