Theresa’s doomed to fail this screen test

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

I CAN’T imag­ine why Theresa May would want to go head-to-head with Jeremy Cor­byn on a tele­vised Brexit de­bate. If there’s one thing we know it’s that he’s an ac­com­plished per­former with an ac­tor’s sense of tim­ing and easy man­ner, whereas she comes across as the un­pop­u­lar head­mistress who has can­celled sports day.

And there’s an­other prob­lem. May’s a woman, which means she will au­to­mat­i­cally be harshly j udged on ap­pear­ance rather than sub­stance.

Cor­byn just has to make sure he hasn’t got any food in his beard and that his tie isn’t stained. The wrin­kles around his eyes make him look like he has a sense of hu­mour and his ac­cent is en­gag­ingly demo­cratic, no mat­ter what he says.

May, on the other hand, will be judged – and un­for­tu­nately by other women most of all – on how worn-out she looks and how snooty and out-of-touch she sounds. If I were her, I’d steer well clear.

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