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PM Sees Funny Side of Car-Crash Speech

Prime Minister Theresa May’s tweet simply titled *coughs*, after her headline speech at the Tory autumn conference resembled a pharmacy counter with a half-eaten pack of Strepsils strawberry lozenges, a bottle of Olbas oil, Covonia cough syrup, a box of Ultra Chloraseptic Anaesthetic throat spray and a glass of water. Alongside her prime ministerial red box was the copy of her speech from hell through which she coughed and spluttered. Throw in a prankster who handed her a P45 form, the party’s confab slogan peeling off the wall and there was enough material for hours of comedy sketches. *coughs* pic.twitter.com/1b6CoW5Mrz — Theresa May (@theresa_may) October 4, 2017 May had wanted to use the Conservative Party’s annual conference to bring her divided party together and pitch herself as the only person able to deliver Brexit and keep opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn out of power. She started by apologising for calling a snap June election which stripped her party of its majority in parliament, then pitched a revitalised ‘British Dream’ for which she proposed fixing broken …

#GE2015: Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail

Would the soaring rhetoric of a Winston Churchill have been suited to the political campaign slugfest of the 21st century? For them, no battle-buses, digital and social media gurus or American campaign strategists. Just a trusted open-top wagon with all the passion and oratorical skills they could muster. Fast-forward to 2015 and the UK general elections is shaping up to be the most-covered elections in modern times, thanks to a plethora of media platforms, social media, streaming apps and do-it-yourself broadcasting tools. But perhaps devoid of the human affection and interaction with which a Churchill would have been more familiar. Apart from the traditional voter, modern-day politicians also have to appeal to the millennials who inhabit a digital world exclusively. In the mix are also an array of hyperlocal news sites and irreverent forums where locals vent their spleen. Politicians indeed have their work cut out as they try to spread their message and canvass for votes. And yes, there is no hiding place from the media glare and public scrutiny. Photo opportunities that go awry …