The PM headed to Cornwall today to continue her general election “campaign” — as has now become standard procedure: May all but refused to answer any questions from journalists — this time, however, her team went one better — locking reporters in a room away from the PM during the visit, and refusing them permission to film her.
The monicker Kim Jong-May has recently been coined precisely because of May and her campaign’s insanely tight management of campaign events — mirroring that of dictatorships in which the media isn’t allowed to ever question, and in this case, even film the great and supreme leader.
This is an exceptionally sad state of affairs: we now live in a country in which the PM openly refuses to be filmed taking questions from journalists, and locks reporters away behind closed doors to stop them from reporting on her — shocking.
The reason that May is so averse to talking to the media should be obvious by now to anybody. Her team is smart enough to know that she’s intensely unlikeable, unable to answer any questions, and relies heavily on her 3 catchphrases: “strong and stable” now becoming a complete and utter joke even among Tory supporters and right-wing journos.
The way that May is treating the media is starting to piss a lot of them off — they are expected to blindly tout the Tory lines and spout endless praise of May, without getting anything in return — May is simply expecting them to act at foot-servants to her coronation — this kind of attitude doesn’t sit well even with a lot of the establishment media, and may well lead to some kind of backlash against her and her team.
Local news outlet Cornwall Live reported on May’s visit to the area today on her campaign trail.
The reporters noted the insane level of control that May’s team insisted on during the event, saying that they had been locked in a room and banned from filming the PM.
Cornwall Live reported that they had been banned from showing the PM arriving for her visit to a local industrial estate.
May’s team then locked the journalists in a room while May was doing stage-managed photo-ops on the other side of the door.
Cornwall Live said that the insane level of secrecy involved in the visit was unlike anything they had seen before:
Having covered several high-profile politicians’ and royal visits over the years, the level of media control here is far and above anything I’ve seen before. We’re not even allowed to show you her visiting the building.
Cornwall Live said that May’s team would only allow them to ask two questions and that May wouldn’t allow them to film the answer — they were given a maximum of 3 minutes to quiz the PM.
They asked her about the funding crisis in the area with public services, such as health, social care, and education — May answered using her using robotic slogans about “strong” and “stable” leadership.
Cornwall Live says:
With the county’s health and social care system heading towards a £264million deficit and the county’s head teachers warning they are facing millions being axed from their budgets, Prime Minister Theresa May was asked to find more money for Cornwall.
We even used the magic word…”please.”
Mrs May said there had been huge levels of spending in those sectors, but said Cornwall Council was also in a position to raise money for social care.
They also report that May dodged their question about Brexit, and gave her standard responses:
we stand at a crucuial moment” and that we must “get the right deal in Britain.
And, of course, no “response” from May would be complete without adding the pre-requisite:
That is about strong and stable leadership.
While the Cornwall Live reporters were locked away, May was being filmed by her tightly controlled team, and presumably cherry-picked journalists from MSM outlets — those who are allowed to report on our supreme leader the right way — ie: one in which May risks fucking up the least — a task which Laura K proves herself to be more than adept at every single day for the BBC.
Even if you are an avid Tory supporter, this stuff should worry you — why the hell is May so reluctant to ever be questioned by reporters? Well, as we saw a few days ago, when Andrew Marr decided to give journalism a go and actually gave the supreme leader a bit of a grilling — May doesn’t exactly handle questions well, does she?
As much as Corbyn clearly hates the media — a relationship that is more than mutual — it is hard to imagine his team banning journos from filming during one of his campaign visits — a campaign visit which his team has orchestrated in the first place.
It is common for the local press to have a hard time getting politicians to answer questions when they visit — but I’ve never heard of this level of media control being exerted by a political campaign team.
A local journalist from Essex illustrates the situation perfectly: here he goes to interview Jeremy Corbyn during one of his rallies in Harlow. Far from locking the reporter in a room — the rally was conducted in an open field that anybody could attend — and, of course, Corbyn fielded the reporter’s question….
May attitude kind of says it all about her and her campaign — far from being strong and stable she is terrified of any form of scrutiny — perhaps that’s why she keeps repeating her “strong and stable” slogan like a lobotomised oak table — it is herself that she is speaking to, rather than anybody else.
May it seems has to keep telling herself that she is “strong and stable’ I guess she thinks if he says it enough times, it’ll start to be true — of course, it never will be, and it has become a national joke.
So, in a strange way, the slogan PERFECTLY sums up the Tories — a national fucking joke.
WATCH: May Fails on Marr’s recent interview.