Does anyone think Richard Armitage and Theresa May have a few temperamental affinities?

OK, obviously not on the human rights issue. She’s a bit scary on that front. But personally. Excerpts from the Financial Times article:

She was “not a showy politician,” she added. “I do not tour the television studios, I do not gossip about people over lunch, I do not go drinking in Parliament’s bars, I do not often wear my heart on my sleeve. I just get on with the job in front of me.”

One minister who is supporting Mrs May’s leadership bid said that when he first campaigned to enter parliament she had spent time door-knocking to drum up support for him — a sign of how “down to earth” she was. “She does not spend days on end plotting in the tea room or making grand speeches,” he said. “She will just go out and get on with it.”

Although she generally steers clear of the media limelight, she does hold occasional lunches and drinks parties for female lobby correspondents.

One journalist who attended a drinks party with her said that although Mrs May had tried to be sociable, she came across as “rather awkward, not great at small talk, almost shy”.

~ by Servetus on July 1, 2016.

9 Responses to “Does anyone think Richard Armitage and Theresa May have a few temperamental affinities?”

  1. Very focused on work, not perks…not part of the social whirl. Yes, that sounds familiar🙂

  2. Her particular traits will come in handy with the negotiations ahead which certainly need a doer. I for one can’t chew through the human rights issue quite as easily, on which she backed down only because she wouldn’t get support not because she thought it was a bad idea. I personally hope after all sides are done with their internal elections that those elected will lean towards what seems to be the emerging view- amongst those more forward looking and less directly involved in these competitions for posts – that there should be open consultation on future plans and proposals in both an attempt to heal the fractures in tje country and in view of getting the best deal for all with interests of variety of groups in mind. I’ve heard some sensible things from MPs today about opening discussion once work gets going to unions, business interests, all parties etc. About picking up any contingency plans from government and starting to identify the necessary experts. It was good to hear at least some heads are starting to cool down. Doesn’t mean anyone will pay attention while the parties row… Scary when Blair talked more sense than current lot and Haseltine has been talking sense throughout but nobody listens… or maybe they are starting to.

    • Tories cooperating with unions?

      • they might have to at least consult as workers rights is a big issue coming from EU law which they will be afraid of loosing, for good reasons🙂

        • I dunno. As long as they have a Parliamentary majority I see a replay of Thatcher here.

          • you’re not the only one ..

            • In which case, although I choke in my throat as I type this, I really should get on the side of Leave. I just read an interesting commentary saying that the referendum was a good demonstration of what game theorists have learned about something called the “Ultimatum Game.” Some is given $100 and told that they need to offer someone else some money. It can be as little as $1. They both keep the money as long as the offer is accepted but if the offer is refused they both lose. Apparently researchers have discovered that the offer is consistently refused if it is under $30.

              If that’s true, the Leave voters are triggering the Ultimatum game (or were trying to). I don’t think it will end up being effective — I agree with this article that the Tories are going to finish up with the vulernable once and for all now, or at least try very, very hard.

  3. Avec une note d’humour, au deuxième degré, je note: qu’à la différence de Mr Armitage, elle se soucie moins de son apparence physique. Elle ne semble pas être allée à l’orthodontiste pour afficher une dentition parfaite, elle ne cache pas les traces du temps sur son visage et ne se teint pas les cheveux de noir corbeau.
    With a touch of humor, in the second degree, I note: that unlike Mr Armitage, she cares less about her physical appearance. She doesn’t seem to had gone to an orthodontist to show perfect teeth, she does not hide the tracks of time on her face and did not dye the hair with jet black.
    “Une deuxième Margaret Tatcher?”

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