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The end: Theresa May has refused to take part in a straightforward, head-to-head TV debate with Jeremy Corbyn about her Brexit plan, despite being the one who proposed it. She is a coward.

Incompetence on this scale puts Theresa May in a league of her own.

First, she challenged Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn to a televised debate on her Brexit deal – after having run away from such confrontations in the run-up to the 2017 general election.

Then it emerged that she may have been colluding with the BBC to create a situation in which Mr Corbyn would appear to be “running scared” from a debate – by demanding that the debate be hosted by the Corporation and feature a panel of pro-Tory personalities, conditions that she knew Mr Corbyn would never accept.

Then her plan fell flat on its backside when Mr Corbyn said he would be happy to take part in a direct, head-to-head debate on the BBC or any other channel, but would not accept the proposed format because it short-changed the public.

Then the BBC pulled out of negotiations to host the debate in what can only be described as a hissy fit.

Now it seems Mrs May has become the one running scared, after ITV pulled out of the bidding to host a debate and Labour said this was because Mrs May had refused to take part.

According to a party spokesperson: “Theresa May is once again running scared of debating Jeremy Corbyn, just as she did in the general election. Jeremy Corbyn accepted the Prime Minister’s offer of a debate on Brexit immediately. He said he would relish the opportunity to debate her, and that remains the case.

“Labour believed the head-to-head offer from ITV was the most straight forward format. A head-to-head would give viewers the greatest clarity and allow both speakers to get into detail.

“The Prime Minister has refused to join Jeremy in a head-to-head debate. Her team tried to confuse people with a convoluted format. But the British public will see this for what it is – Theresa May unable to face real scrutiny over her crumbling deal.”

The Twitterati called it out for what it was:

I certainly put it in my headline.

Anyone exhibiting incompetence of this kind, in any other job, would be out on their ear in no time – but Mrs May is still clinging to the top job in the United Kingdom, despite having proven herself an abject failure at the job.

She is only being kept in office – but not in power – by Tory Parliamentarians who don’t know what to do if she is ousted.

While they dither, the country crumbles.

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