Global Affairs

Lessons from Theresa May's failure

While she undoubtedly faced a massive challenge in delivering Brexit, she also made serious mistakes of her own. The next British PM will have to face a key leadership test that Mrs May failed.

LONDON • "All political lives end in failure," a British parliamentarian remarked more than half a century ago. That's not exactly true; some politicians - admittedly, very few - do leave office with their heads held high, by retiring before the electorate tires of them.

Still, failure - and one of tragic proportions - has certainly been the fate of Theresa May, the current British Prime Minister.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 27, 2019, with the headline 'Lessons from Theresa May's failure'. Subscribe