Theresa May: ‘Power seems to have gone to her head in such a short time.’ [Image: Xinhua / Barcroft Images].

Here’s a (mostly) good piece from the Graun, highlighting Theresa May’s plunge into self-centred delusion, and the reasons for it.

I’ve picked out the best bits; see the rest using the link at the bottom. Of course the claim that the Tories have this election “in the bag” is utterly ludicrous in a piece that character-assassinates their leader.

For Theresa, every day is May Day. I have taken to calling her Theresa Me.

Let me fight for Britain”; “my country”; “vote for me and my team”. That last one she repeated three times in her speech this morning. Her recent addiction to the first-person pronoun contradicts the portrait of May that had previously been painted: that of the unflashy, head down, get-on-with-the-job safe pair of hands. The core narrative of getting on with the job has remained, but now there’s an uneasy showmanship marinated in that second cousin of ambition – arrogance (May has always been ambitious, back to her Oxford days when she nursed hopes of becoming the first female prime minister).

Corbyn… has done well to shift the narrative away from him. Labour has finally started rolling out policies. Good policies, too. Ones that are popular. Ones that the Tories are trying to paint as pie-in-the-sky, but do seem to be costed and not triple spent.

May is overcompensating. This isn’t surprising – it happens often with the naturally introverted when required to be extroverts. Instead of “confident”, they overreach and hit “arrogant”. Think of every know-it-all-nerd you went to school with: probably nice underneath, but they came across as pompous, try-hard brats.

Source: Theresa Me: why the prime minister thinks this election is all about her | Hannah Jane Parkinson | Opinion | The Guardian

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