At the end of another historic day in British politics, the PM ordered a lectern be placed outside Britain’s most famous door so she could address the nation directly.
Off the back of the crushing defeat of her Brexit plan, and narrowly surviving a vote of no confidence in her government, this surely meant news. Big news.
But with the sense that May was anxious to speak unfiltered by the media, it quickly risked descending into farce …
A moment of true Britishness amid the Brexit crisis: the PM’s message to the nation will not now be carried live on the BBC 10 O’Clock News, because Southampton v Derby FA Cup replay has gone to extra time.2,3639:39 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy1,256 people are talking about this
She always delays things. She’ll be fine. Nial Foster✔@NialFosterFA Cup live on @BBCOne with it currently going into extra-time.
Theresa May statement due at 10pm.#Carnage2,8939:30 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy401 people are talking about this
The media and political junkies dutifully turned out as May went ‘full lectern job’.
This is not to be taken lightly. Think resignations and declarations of war. The first draft of history. Something yuuge or bigly.
And, soon after 10pm, Theresa May spoke.
“This evening the Government has won the confidence of Parliament,” May began, straight shooting.
“Overwhelmingly, the British people want us to get on with delivering Brexit.
“I believe it is my duty to deliver on the British people’s instruction to leave the European Union and I intend to do so.”
May then aimed remarks at MPs who voted against her Brexit plan on Tuesday, saying that “MPs have made clear what they don’t want, we must all work constructively together to set out what Parliament does want”.
And of cross-party talks to find some common ground on a Brexit deal, May called for politicians to “put self-interest aside” – adding she was “disappointed” Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn has not taken part this evening.
With that, she was Keyser Söze-like …
Had she committed news? The instant verdict was ‘no’.
And confusion soon gave way to anger …
Theresa May’s premiership: “The grand old duke of York”, but shitter.
Any Number 10 aide who briefed that as a reason for journalists to extend their shift is a fucking idiot.
Any Number 10 aide who didn’t tell May a 10pm speech with no news was idiotic and would backfire should resign.63010:08 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy162 people are talking about this
But, hey, we got a few laughs out of it.
If she’s still going by April she’ll be doing statements outside Number 10 to announce she’s run out of bog roll.14210:18 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy43 people are talking about thisView image on Twitter
Reminiscing about a time when if you didn’t have anything to say you didn’t call a press conference at 10 fucking PM to say it64510:53 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy152 people are talking about this
[me to my grandkids in 50 years time]
some of you didn’t have nightly press conferences from Theresa May and it shows31310:01 PM – Jan 16, 2019Twitter Ads info and privacy42 people are talking about this