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Cynical: Theresa May glugs down some water while flashing her Frida Kahlo bracelet. Any attempts to associate herself with Kahlo’s dreams of a classless society should be treated with disgust.

The disasters of Theresa May’s conference speech are increasing so fast, we should have a checklist:

Prankster hands her a P45 – check.

Prankster is arrested, rather than simply ejected – check.

PM chokes on her words while praising the NHS – check.

Letters fall off slogan on the wall behind PM while she’s talking about Britain’s strength – check.

PM is believed to have plagiarised part of her speech from The West Wing TV show – check.

PM displays bracelet depicting Frida Kahlo, a Communist artist – check.

Why wear the bracelet? Morwenna Ferrier in The Guardian has suggested it might be because the Mexican artist

spent her career concerned with the plight of the impoverished, our connectedness to self, nature and the universe, the relationship between pain and identity, and imagined, one day, we could live in a classless society.

If so, then suddenly even the coughing fit becomes a cynical, calculated political act – a demand for us to look at her bracelet and connect Mrs May with those concerns.

I don’t buy it. Nor should you.

It’s too “on the nose”. It suggests Mrs May is trying too hard – to deceive us.

You see, it seems Ms Kahlo is coming back into fashion, with a retrospective at the Victoria and Albert Museum next year. Tres chic. And nothing to do with social issues.

The implied claim that Mrs May wants to associate herself with fighting “the plight of the impoverished” and building “a classless society” is horse hooey, of course.

Her government has worked very hard to increase poverty among working and working-class people, while re-imposing the supremacy of the entitled, the privileged and super-rich elite.

This display simply proves that Mrs May herself has no class at all.

Source: Was Theresa May’s Frida Kahlo bracelet a political statement? | Politics | The Guardian


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