Theresa May’s conference speech has left a gobsmacked Britain in its wake, as another absolute clanger at the event goes viral.
Can I just point out that Theresa May is wearing a bracelet of Frida Kahlo, a member of the Communist party who LITERALLY DATED TROTSKY pic.twitter.com/CR13geaO7n
— Hannah Jane Parkinson (@ladyhaja) October 4, 2017
The Prime Minister’s bracelet received more attention than usual during her speech at the Conservative Party conference. Because she had to regularly raise her hand to her mouth to tackle bouts of coughing.
But May was wearing a bracelet featuring Frida Kahlo, a Mexican artist. Some commentators have argued that May wore the bracelet to assert her feminist credentials. But unfortunately for the PM, Kahlo was also a prominent communist who, as The Guardian‘s Hannah Jane Parkinson pointed out, had relations with Leon Trotsky.
Given that May is currently the most senior Conservative in the UK, that choice was extremely unwise. Especially when Conservative-supporting media outlets like The Sun and The Daily Mail regularly try to attack May’s political opponent, Jeremy Corbyn, by calling him a communist.
Those who noticed the gaffe moved from incredulity to pure mirth:
Theresa May was wearing a Frida Kahlo bracelet?! Frida Kahlo, the life long communist? https://t.co/varSV08CqH
— D W Mault 🇮🇪🇧🇦🇵🇸 (@D_W_Mault) October 4, 2017
totally BAFFLED as to why theresa may wore a frida kahlo bracelet. does she… does she know ANYTHING about kahlo's life or beliefs? bc. um.
— 🍒georgia louise luckhurst💥 (@glluckhurst) October 4, 2017
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) October 4, 2017
But May’s bizarre choice of bracelet wasn’t out of place in the chaotic speech. Because as well as struggling through it due to her voice, someone handed the PM her P45 during the event. And the sign that provided the backdrop to May’s vision for Britain started to fall apart as she spoke. This was doubly humiliating, as the sign promised that May’s government is “building a country that works for everyone”.
In her speech, May offered voters the “British dream”. But for the Conservatives, the event was a nightmare. Because May’s appearance reminded people more of an episode of The Thick of It than of a competent, stable government.
The speech was, frankly, a disaster. And it only succeeded in offering Britain a very strange “dream”. One that would be extremely funny if it weren’t alarmingly true.
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