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Why are we so interested in Theresa May’s tears?

Nobody can seem to agree on whether or not we should feel sorry for the Prime Minister. But then, sympathy for politicians is always highly selective

By Julia Blunck  

The media seems obsessed with Theresa May's frailty. Photo: PA/Prospect composite

Bad governments, like struggling football teams, have tendency to become chronically unlucky. Not much of what happened to Prime Minister Theresa May in her conference speech was her fault: lax security that allowed a comedian to make the occasion a joke; lettering falling apart behind her; a never-ending coughing fit. Another politician—Jeremy Corbyn, a man whose good fortune now seems untouchable, maybe—would have shrugged these problems away. For Theresa May, they now seem less like eventualities and more…

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