I'm no 'Maybot' says British PM Theresa May, rebuffing claims she's robotic

British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves her London residence at 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain on Sept 7, 2017.
British Prime Minister Theresa May leaves her London residence at 10 Downing Street, in central London, Britain on Sept 7, 2017.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (Bloomberg) - Prime Minister Theresa May has never addressed the nickname ("Maybot") the British press have conferred on her for her reliance on and delivery of catchphrases such as "Brexit means Brexit" and "strong and stable".

That is until now, when it came up in a BBC Radio interview during the coverage of cricket, her favourite sport: "I get frustrated people use the term robotic about me. I don't think I am in the least robotic," she said with a laugh.

Mrs May was well on her way to dismantling that image of herself, even bringing some home-made brownies as a gift to BBC cricket presenter Jonathan Agnew.

But then she could not help reverting back to her familiar soundbites that had earned her the soubriquet in the first place by mentioning her goal - now a mantra - of building "a country that works for everyone".

She also rejected comparisons she had once welcomed to Britain's only other female prime minister, Mrs Margaret Thatcher: "I'm Theresa May, I do things in my way."