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May’s speech is the perfect metaphor for our times—Britain has no voice

The symbolism of the PM’s address rang out: this is Britain, welcome to the shambles

By Jay Elwes  

Theresa May is handed a cough sweet by British Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond during her keynote speech to delegates and party members on the last day of the Conservative Party Annual Conference. Photo: Han Yan/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Some things in British public life have got “metaphor” written all over them. Take for example the time when Jim Callaghan ordered himself two new prime ministerial cars, which he decided would be made by British Leyland. In buying British, he thought he was doing his bit for the country—if a set of British wheels was good enough for the prime minister, then it was…

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