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Theresa May’s farewell speech: what she said – and what she meant

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17.07.2019

What Theresa May said: This will most likely be the last time I will speak at length as prime minister and I would like today to share some personal reflections on the state of politics in our country and around the world.

What she really meant: You will be sorry when I’m gone.

What she said: I have lived politics for half a century.

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What she meant: I am a narrow-minded Conservative loyalist – you may not like it but you’ll be sorry: wait until you see what’s coming next.

What she said: Social attitudes in our country and many other western countries have transformed in recent decades. There are more women in senior positions today than at any time in history.

What she meant: I will be succeeded by a posh white man. You will be sorry.

What she said: When I was born, it was a crime to be a gay man, legal to discriminate on the basis of sex or race, and casual bigotry was a socially acceptable fact of daily life. All that has changed – and greatly for the better.

What she meant: Most of those changes were brought about by Labour governments and as a narrow-minded Conservative loyalist I opposed some of them, but I’m happy to take credit for late-period establishment feminism.

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