It was only last summer that Theresa May choked back the tears and left Downing Street for the last time, yet already she seems a half-forgotten character from a different age.
Among the wave of new books about politics this autumn, a new edition of May at 10, by contemporary historian Anthony Seldon, is published next week. It’s a 700-page doorstopper that provides a full account of her three years, and it has been updated, including with a final chapter, “The Verdict”, which is also the subtitle on the front of the book.
In his introduction, Seldon says: “Some will think the judgements that follow are over-kind to Theresa May; others, that they are too harsh.” It turns out that there will not be many people in the first category – apart possibly from George Osborne, brutally sacked as chancellor when she became prime minister. Seldon’s “verdict” is overwhelmingly negative.
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