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Theresa May: shuffled out

The prime minister of the “just about managing” can no longer manage herself

By Tom Clark  

Prime Minister Theresa May arrives at No 10 on the morning of the reshuffle that went wrong. Photo: Tim Ireland/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Under the British constitution, remarkably few powers are formally entrusted to the prime minister. With the cloak of the royal prerogative, they could once start wars, but recent practice has been to consult parliament. They used to be able to call elections on a whim, but under fixed-term legislation they must now ask for MPs’ say so. But then British PMs never really needed any power,…

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