May manages to make an enemy of The Economist… and Nigel Farage

Written by David Singleton on 1 June 2017 in Diary

'What is clear is that the more people see of Mrs May the less they like her.'

Theresa May’s faltering general election campaign has been panned from both sides of the Brexit debate in less than 24 hours.

After endorsing the Conservatives in 2015, The Economist is backing the Liberal Democrats this year.

Its editorial states: “No party passes with flying colours. But the closest is the Liberal Democrats. Brexit is the main task of the next government and they want membership of the single market and free movement….

“They are more honest than the Tories about the need to raise taxes for public services; and more sensible than Labour… against a backward-looking Labour Party and an inward-looking Tory party about to compound its historic mistake over Brexit, they get our vote.”

At the same time as losing the support of the pro-Remain Economist, May has also managed to make an enemy of the fervently anti-Remain former Ukip leader Nigel Farage.

Writing for The Telegraph just before the Economist set out its stall, Farage argued that May was now dragging down her party.

“The truth is that the Conservative Party’s main asset has now become a liability. Theresa is bombing with the electorate,” he asserted.

He added: “What is clear is that the more people see of Mrs May the less they like her.”

This evening there were signs that Team May agree with the last part of that statement at least.

Having avoided the BBC leader’s debate last night, the prime minister is now planning to stay away from Woman’s Hour as well.

Other party leaders, including Jeremy Corbyn, Leanne Wood, Caroline Lucas, have already appeared. But May has chosen not to be on the programme tomorrow morning and will send Justine Greening in her place.

Both May and Corbyn are due to appear in a televised BBC Question Time special on Friday evening


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