May’s posturing won’t help in ‘bloody difficult’ Brexit negotiations

What could be more exquisitely Thatcheresque than Theresa May’s promise to be “a bloody difficult woman” during upcoming Brexit negotiations? The phrase is a downmarket version of the iron lady soubriquet so gleefully embraced by Britain’s first female prime minister. They both tap into an archetype with deep roots in the national mythology: the warrior queen who defiantly defends these islands from hostile foreigners – Boudicca, Elizabeth I, Victoria, Britannia herself.

Published by: The Guardian