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Theresa May, or she may not

Her reputation for dithering is sexist. She knows what she wants—but she ain't telling

By Gaby Hinsliff   February 2017

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The joke is almost as old as the prime minister’s Westminster career, coined first in the late 1990s by fellow frontbenchers scornful of her seeming inability to give a straight answer to a straight question. Her behaviour then was read not just as timidity, but vacuity; proof, especially for male colleagues resentful of her unusually rapid rise to the shadow cabinet, that she was just another token woman promoted out of her depth.

Well, to some extent the joke is now on them. Yet…

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