On X Factor, judges like Sharon Osbourne complained bitterly that singers expected to be put through to the finals because of sob stories, like “it’s my last chance”, or “my dad/nan/pet rabbit died.” Now Theresa May, in a desperate attempt to conceal her lack of bottle, is trying the same ploy.It’s sad that May’s parents died within a few months of each other. But Michael Gove was adopted. Boris’s dad walked out out when he was ten and his mum had several nervous breakdowns when he was younger than that. Never ever knowing your parents, or losing them when you are under 10 is tragic.
It’s also sad May can’t have children, but millions of women share the same problem. You have to take what life throws at you, but do we really need to see May tearing up when talking about her darkest hour?
May is a clergyman’s daughter, but this is no guarantee of virtue.
Martin Buber said: “Since the primary motive of the evil is disguise, one of the places evil people are most likely to be found is within the church. What better way to conceal one’s evil from oneself, as well as from others, than to be a deacon or some other highly visible form of Christian within our culture?” Being the daughter of a clergyman proves nothing. Being brought up too strictly can mean the child turns into a bully, say psychologists.
Jesus reserved his harshest criticism for those who paraded their faith. Whenever May leaves church, there are always photographers waiting. Jesus condemned those who used their spiritual reputation to get social attention and honors.
To such people Jesus said, “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces” ( Luke 11:43). He also said, “All their works they do to be seen by men” ( Matthew 23:5).
Finally, it is vulgar to parade details of your love life, when what people really need to know is “Are you tough enough, resilient enough, and smart enough to run the country?” With huge respect, if we wanted hugsy bunny drivel, we would watch The Only Way is Essex or Geordie Shore.
When the Queen said younger royals need to put more emphasis on state duties and their ‘soul-baring’ charity work isn’t what the Palace is now looking for right now, she had a point.
Whoever is advising May is merely confirming the suspicion that the above is a gigantic red herring, designed to conceal the fact that May is neither strong nor stable, and somebody else is pulling her strings.
One interview was in danger of making her a laughing stock when in a Nick Ferrari programme, life’s normal struggles were exaggerated into major tragedies. With breaking voice, she talked about the anguish of being motherless. She had already been married for four years and she was 25 at the time.
Tough? It isn’t looking good is it?