The Not-So-Darling Buds of Theresa May

If you seek a symbol of British Prime Minister Theresa May’s inscrutability, look no further than a recent edition of the Sun, the conservative tabloid that is the United Kingdom’s most popular newspaper.

The Sun handed a double op-ed page to the Tory leader to stump for votes ahead of the UK general election on June 8. The article was accompanied by a mock-up of the Sex Pistols’ 1977 album Never Mind the Bollocks—punned into “Never Mind the Ballots”—with a photoshopped image of May sporting a nose chain and black lipstick. Theresa May is anything but punk and nothing like rock; she’s more Johnny Mathis than Johnny Rotten. That the Sun, which has backed the winner in every general election since 1974, is now struggling to package a Tory prime minister for a Tory readership is symptomatic of the tumult of unruly Brexit Britannia.

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Feature image © Chatham House by Creative Commons 2.0.

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