Theresa May has finally made it to the front cover of the Economist.
But it’s unlikely that Downing Street will crow about it.
Here is their full cover piece:
The leader article is even worse. It says:
Yet caution has started to look like indecision. Her most senior official in Brussels has just resigned, saying that the government does not have a clear Brexit plan (see article). After six months it is hard to name a single signature policy, and easy to cite U-turns.
The article then goes on to cite those u-turns and ends with a comparison to Gordon Brown:
One person can just about run the Home Office single-handed. But being prime minister requires delegation—especially when Brexit looms so large. Care for the elderly is fraying. The National Health Service is running out of money. A housing shortage is worsening. Scotland and Northern Ireland are raising awkward constitutional questions. As long as every proposal has to be pored over by the prime minister, radical decisions of the sort needed to solve these problems will not be taken. To get a grip on Britain, Mrs May must learn to loosen hers.
For this, she must decide what the grand promises of her government actually amount to. The need for every policy to be agonised over in Downing Street, the secrecy over Brexit and the silence on the government’s broader plans for Britain all point to the same problem: Theresa Maybe does not really know what she wants.
Ouch, ouch, ouch.
And yet, in response, the best the PM can come up with is to reheat old slogans about Brexit.
No wonder ‘Theresa Maybe’ is going to stick