Theresa’s prime aim is a mis­sion too far

Dan­gling on thread over Brexit MPs have new Com­mons ID passes with pho­tos on both sides. Tory An­drew Brid­gen said: We’re now of­fi­cially two-faced.”

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THERESA May and Tom Cruise make an odd cou­ple but they have more in com­mon than their at­tempts at Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble.

Both do their own stunts against ex­pert ad­vice. Cruise has just bro­ken an an­kle jump­ing from one build­ing to another on the set of Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 6.

That kind of der­ring-do was fine 20 years ago when the movie se­ries be­gan, but not now Cruise is a creak­ing 55-year-old.

Mrs May’s first Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble was her snap Gen­eral Elec­tion.

Her sec­ond stunt was mak­ing her­self the cen­tre of it, her third the elec­tion man­i­festo, her fourth dodg­ing TV de­bates, her fifth snub­bing Gren­fell fire vic­tims.

Squeeze

The re­sult of Cruise’s stunt back­fir­ing was to halt film­ing for 12 weeks, which will in­fu­ri­ate Hol­ly­wood mon­ey­men.

In Mrs May’s case it was to lose her ma­jor­ity, which in­fu­ri­ated her MPs.

Still, all might have been well had Mrs May not launched Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble 6 – an­nounc­ing that she would re­main PM for a full five years.

Tory MPs think that’s as laugh­able as Cruise try­ing to en­force a five-year no public dat­ing clause on his ex Katie Holmes in their di­vorce set­tle­ment.

Now the time’s up she has ap­peared hand-in-hand on a Mal­ibu beach with her new squeeze, the Os­car­win­ning ac­tor Jamie Foxx.

You’ll re­mem­ber that it was my story say­ing Mrs May was ex­pected to quit on Fri­day, Au­gust 30, 2019 af­ter Brexit is fi­nalised that prompted her to make such a per­ilous Cruise-like leap.

Tory MPs say my date for her de­par­ture still stands, and they’re now more de­ter­mined than ever she will never lead them into another elec­tion.

Mrs May’s best hope at her Manch­ester party con­fer­ence next month is to show the same hu­mil­ity she orig­i­nally did to MPs, not bang on about serv­ing five years and prom­ise to avoid any more stupid stunts. She can still be a woman on a mis­sion but must show she’s no longer an im­pos­si­ble woman.

Be­cause in the un­likely event she makes a suc­cess of Brexit she could yet re­deem her­self and Tory MPs might keep her on.

It’s a long shot. But more Mis­sion: Im­prob­a­ble than Mis­sion: Im­pos­si­ble.

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