Charles Moore

Theresa May doesn’t trust enough people for a power ‘circle’. A triangle, maybe

Theresa May doesn't trust enough people for a power 'circle'. A triangle, maybe
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Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood and the Prison of Belief

Lawrence Wright

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The fact that nothing leaked about Mrs May’s snap election tells you much of what you need to know about her. It shows how iron is her discipline and how close her inner circle (so close, in fact, that it is a triangle rather than a circle). It suggests that she takes neither her cabinet nor her party into her confidence. It shows that if she wins the general election, her control of her administration will be much tighter than that of Margaret Thatcher (which was surprisingly loose) and even than that of David Cameron (which was surprisingly tight). Finally, it shows that if she loses, or gets a result no better than the present parliamentary arithmetic, she will find herself friendless.

This is an extract from Charles Moore's column, which appears in this week's Spectator