Theresa May says ‘absolutely nothing’ in Plymouth Herald interview

heresa May is amused as she visits Plymouth fisheries on Wednesday. Photograph: Leon Neal

In the article Blackledge recounted the interview with the prime minister in full.

The Herald: “Two visits in six weeks to one of the country’s most marginal constituencies – is she getting worried?”

May: “I’m very clear that this is a crucial election for this country.”

TH: “Plymouth is feeling the effects of military cuts. Will she guarantee to protect the city from further pain?”

M: “I’m very clear that Plymouth has a proud record of connection with the armed forces.”

TH: “How will your Brexit plan make Plymouth better off?”

M: “I think there is a better future ahead for Plymouth and for the whole of the UK.”

TH: “Will you promise to sort out our transport links?”

M: “I’m very clear that connectivity is hugely important for Plymouth and the south-west generally.”

claret @ Plymouth Herald | Wednesday, May 31 2017
Theresa May wants to implement the Naylor Report. It recommnends a program of building and land sales of NHS property…hospitals, clinics etc across the country. As there are not too many buyers for our hospitals and NHS land she is adding 10 billion of Public Funds to sweeten sales deals for buyers. I don’t want this to happen, in fact I am shocked that it will happen. Please Vote Labour for people centred policies.

prophetofdoom @ Plymouth Herald| Wednesday, May 31 2017
Theresa May is coming across as some sort of automaton. She just keeps on repeating the same old generic responses regardless of the question being asked. Before the election campaign started I thought she had a bit about her but now I just turn off when she comes on the screen. Calling the election in the hope of increasing her majority might prove to be an error in judgement.

Pete Flynn @ Guardian
It’s not the things she says but the things she doesn’t say that matter. She won’t say how their manifesto commitments will be funded. She won’t say how much more she’ll cut in benefits to the poorest. She won’t say who will be excluded from the winter fuel allowance. She won’t say how much of your inheritance she’ll take to pay for social care. She won’t say any of these things but if she wins next week she’ll most certainly do them.

Habitant @ Guardian
Has no one noticed her resemblance to Chauncey Gardner/Chance the Gardener in Being There?

President “Bobby”: Mr. Gardner, do you agree with Ben, or do you think that we can stimulate growth through temporary incentives?

Chance the Gardener: As long as the roots are not severed, all is well. And all will be well in the garden.

President “Bobby”: In the garden.

Chance the Gardener: Yes. In the garden, growth has it seasons. First comes spring and summer, but then we have fall and winter. And then we get spring and summer again.

President “Bobby”: Spring and summer.

Chance the Gardener: Yes.

President “Bobby”: Then fall and winter.

Chance the Gardener: Yes.

Benjamin Rand: I think what our insightful young friend is saying is that we welcome the inevitable seasons of nature, but we’re upset by the seasons of our economy.

Chance the Gardener: Yes! There will be growth in the spring!

Benjamin Rand: Hmm!

Chance the Gardener: Hmm!

President “Bobby”: Hm. Well, Mr. Gardner, I must admit that is one of the most refreshing and optimistic statements I’ve heard in a very, very long time.

President “Bobby”: I admire your good, solid sense. That’s precisely what we lack on Capitol Hill.

I know Jerzy Kosinski was accused of stealing the idea, but it would appear that Lynton Crosby has, too. She makes Chatty Cathy sound inspired and inspiring.

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