May’s team fail to learn from mis­takes

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AS SHE en­joys a walk­ing hol­i­day in Wales this week­end, Theresa May’s po­lit­i­cal po­si­tion is more se­cure than it has been for months — capped by her adroit han­dling of Brexit and her gar­ner­ing of an in­ter­na­tional coali­tion against Rus­sia in re­sponse to poi­son at­tacks on British soil.

It is a pity, there­fore, that Down­ing Street’s me­dia team should be so con­temp­tu­ous in their treat­ment of a re­quest from Wales’s na­tional pa­per, the West­ern Mail, for an in­ter­view with the Prime Min­is­ter.

They al­lowed the pa­per’s chief re­porter just one ques­tion, asked him to sub­mit it in ad­vance, and then gave a mean­ing­less an­swer.

The mes­sage is that Down­ing Street only re­ally cares about fash­ion­able Lon­don-based TV jour­nal­ists such as An­drew Marr and Robert Pe­ston.

What they fail to un­der­stand is that the fur­ther you travel from the in­ter­na­tion­alised lib­eral classes of the cap­i­tal — such as to Bre­con, Mon­mouth and Mont­gomeryshire — the stronger Mrs May’s sup­port.

This episode is a re­minder of why the Con­ser­va­tives con­ducted such an in­ept gen­eral elec­tion cam­paign last year.

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