'Tis but a scratch' - Theresa May likened to Monty Python's limbless Black Knight

Written by Total Politics on 18 March 2019 in Diary

Whatever you think of Theresa May, the embattled Prime Minister has an uncanny ability to just... keep on going.

She slogged through last week's Commons drama despite clearly losing her voice - and now Westminster is abuzz with talk of a third or even fourth 'meaningful vote' on her ill-fated Brexit deal.

Now her ability to absorb it all has won some colourful respect from a top EU leader.

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte has compared his British counterpart to a legendary Monty Python character who keeps on going - despite losing all of his limbs in a sword fight.

"I have a lot of respect for Theresa May," the Dutch PM told Bloomberg.

"She reminds me occasionally of that Monty Python character where all his arms and legs are cut off and then says to his opponent: let’s call it a draw."

For those unfamiliar with the grisly scene, it's worth taking a look at the skit below - in which the Black Knight insists the loss of every single limb is "but a scratch", before denying he's even lost any.

Like the Black Knight, May is, Rutte said, "in a very bad position right now".

But he added: "She’s doing incredibly, she goes on and on."

Will that fortitude be enough to change the minds of the Knights Who Say No (to her deal)?


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