James Forsyth James Forsyth

After May

The Tory party and the country need leadership now

The most effective political insult of modern times was delivered by Norman Lamont in 1993, when he declared that John Major’s government gave ‘the impression of being in office but not in power’. But it is truer of Theresa May than it ever was of Major.

Lamont argued that Major paid too much attention to opinion polls, meaning that the government reacted to events, rather than shaping them.

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