The arrogance of Theresa May – a public servant who thinks she can sideline the Queen

Buckingham Palace is said to have been irritated by the Prime Minister’s ‘lack of courtesy’ [Image: AFP/Getty].

No wonder Buckingham Palace was furious – Theresa May displayed utterly inappropriate arrogance in claiming that she had formed a government, when it is the Queen’s prerogative to ask a prospective prime minister to do so.

Furthermore, Mrs May initially had no right to claim that she even had the ability to form a government, as there was no deal with the DUP until 17 days after she claimed it had been sealed.

It looks like a stitch-up – and a surprisingly successful one, considering the Tory prime minister’s ineptitude at everything else.

And what about a “Royal source” and their claim that the DUP “buggered Mrs May about”? What does that say about the Palace’s attitude to the government Mrs May has created.

It seems she cannot rely on her party’s support in the House of Lords – and, considering her treatment of the monarch, nobody should be surprised.

Buckingham Palace was infuriated with Theresa May after she misled the Queen about the progress of negotiations as she sought to form a government, it has been reported.

Tensions are said to have arisen between senior courtiers and Downing Street after the Prime Minister said she had secured the support of the Democratic Unionist Party (DUP), only for it to take another 17 days before a deal was finalised.

The palace was reportedly further irritated by Ms May breaching protocol as she announced her intention to form a government on the steps of Downing Street, The Sunday Times reported.

A Tory peer told the newspaper: “She said, ‘I’ve formed a government’, not ‘The Queen has asked me to form a government’. The palace was alarmed by her formulation of words.”

The Queen’s private secretary, Sir Christopher Geidt, is said to have repeatedly made his frustrations clear.

“It is certainly true the palace was being given a greater sense of certainty about the deal than was accurate, because the truth is that the DUP buggered Mrs May about longer than she thought,” said a royal source.

A Conservative adviser… said Ms May did not intentionally misled the Queen, because her chief whip, Gavin Williamson, “thought he had assurances he didn’t have” from the DUP.

Source: Queen ‘furious at being misled by Theresa May over DUP deal’

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8 thoughts on “The arrogance of Theresa May – a public servant who thinks she can sideline the Queen

  1. alan dransfield

    No wonder HM The Queen was miffed with the PM, because at that time she had not done the deal with the DUP.

    I would like to know where the Interim Fire Report for Grenfell Tower is because without it the PI and Police Investigation crashes on take off.

  2. David Chalmers

    Actually, the report says that it was a “royal source” who made the “buggered up” statement.

  3. Ann Ford

    I do not believe May, a proven liar, or any tory, a party of proven liars. How dare she undermine our Queen in this way.

  4. Zippi

    Ineptitude is putting it mildly! If you don’t know, ask! What qualifies this woman, or anybody in her Cabinet to be in the business of Government? It seems that many of our M.P.s, these days, are seriously lacking. Does Theresa May not seek advice? Does she not get advice, or does she merely ignore it?

  5. Brian

    “The Tories seem to make a habit of high level abuse, then later ignore the protests, because they then can. It may be quite legitimate if the House of Commons speaker were to interject on this anomaly during the Queens speech with a view to dissolving the proceedings, or should they be allowed to get away with it?”

    So why did the the House of Commons speaker not interject, it’s his responsibility to ensure proceedings are legitimate?

  6. simplyshirah

    If this is all so – and I’m not doubting you for one minute – how can she remain Prime Minister? Moreover, how can she lead this Tory Party as leader of a Government? Surely we need another election. Need is not quite right word is it? Tories have absolutely no right to be in government at all. So Parliament has to be closed until another election has been undertaken. Utterly disgraceful stuff.

  7. shuggie51

    Actually, the report says that it was a “royal source” who made the “buggered Mrs May about” statement. I wonder if you still find that “hugely insulting to the far-right Northern Irish party”?

    1. Mike Sivier Post author

      You’re right; I’ve amended the article.
      The far-right Northern Irish party should still be hugely insulted – but by the palace, not the Tories.
      Perhaps the Tories should be insulted that the DUP spent so long fooling around, instead.

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