Helen is away this week, so Stephen is joined by Senior Writer, Anoosh Chakelian, and Citymetric Editor, Jonn Elledge. Together they explore how Theresa May’s latest EU dealings are less strong-and-stable, and more “like being in a car with a drunk driver”. They also discuss which candidates to watch out for in this week’s local elections. And you ask us: who is your least favourite Brexit minister and why?
Quotes of the week:
- Stephen on Theresa May’s attitude to the EU: “I find it quite odd that, for someone who’s clearly quite vain, she’s not more worried about how she’ll be seen by history.”
- Anoosh on the EU’s response to Theresa May: “This week has been a series of increasingly horrifying events that have worked to directly undermine everything that Theresa May is saying about her own campaign at home.”
- Stephen on what local elections can tell us about the result on the 8th June: “Opposition parties will not do better than they do on 4 May, on the 8 June. The Conservatives will not do worse.”
- Jonn on Liam Fox “He looks like the person you say two words to at the start of a wedding and spend the rest of the evening avoiding […] He’s the golf-club bore kinda guy.”
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