May did not emerge from a social vacuum

Dalrymple notes that this mediocrity — this nullity — is

typical of the class that has gradually attained power in Britain, from the lowest levels of the administration to the highest.

Theresa May, says Dalrymple, is

  • unoriginal
  • vacillating
  • humourless
  • prey to the latest bad ideas
  • intellectually mediocre
  • believing in nothing very much
  • mistaking obstinacy for strength
  • timid but avid for power (avidity for power is not leadership)

Dalrymple observes that

thousands of minor Mays populate our institutions, as thousands of minor Blairs did before them.

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