Was Theresa May’s very brief audience with the Queen last Friday a bruising affair?
Significantly the PM omitted to say afterwards that she had been asked to form a government by the monarch.
Our head of state was already aware that Mrs May wanted to carry on – and that Labour’s Jeremy Corbyn wanted to run a minority government.
‘So HM would have made it clear to Mrs May that she was getting first dibs but, if she failed, the monarch would have to send for Corbyn,’ says my source.
Michael Gove’s return to office as our new Environment Secretary was reported by BBC 1, the subtitles saying he’d referred to himself once as ‘a shy grin’ (presumably meaning ‘shy green’).
Gove might indeed be grinning shyly (if humourlessly) when, as a new minister, he has to meet the Queen (both pictured) shortly.
He allegedly let it be known that the monarch was a Brexit supporter, based on something he’d heard HM say at a Privy Council lunch.
DUP leader Arlene Foster sports a brooch shaped like a crown. Very appropriate thanks to her enhanced status. Who’d have thought she’d gain such a distinction?
Her support for the Renewable Heat Incentive – a money-wasting scheme which overspent by £400million – led to the collapse of the Northern Ireland Executive.
Now the Queen will have to be nice (on Mrs May’s behalf) to Ms Foster’s DUP leader at Westminster, Nigel Dodds and his team.
They’re already known as Dodds and his Diddymen.
Royal eco warrior Prince Charles must be weeping into his Laphroaig over the election result. First, Theresa May abolished the Climate Change Department.
Then Donald Trump tore up the Paris Accord. Now our Government must depend on the DUP, which isn’t noted for a commitment to green issues.
Moreover, Mrs May has no chance of repealing the ban on foxhunting. On top of this, he and Camilla are scandalised from beyond the grave by Diana’s 1991 tape-recorded recollections about her alleged mistreatment.
Woe, woe, woe, woe and five times woe!
P rior to the election, Mrs May’s manifesto said: ‘We will review the honours system to make sure it commands public confidence, rewards genuine public service and that recipients uphold the integrity of the honours bestowed.’
She let it be known that she wouldn’t be issuing a Dissolution Honours List. But won’t she have to dish out some gongs?
Theresa May with former advisers Fiona Hill and Nick Timothy in 2016
‘Sir’ Nick Timothy and ‘Dame’ Fiona Hill might placate her sacked chiefs of staff and discourage them from publishing unhelpful memoirs?
Biteback publisher Iain Dale tells me: ‘I’ll trample underfoot anyone else who tries to get their stories.’
RE Mrs May’s former carers, Nick Timothy and Fiona Hill, Gordon’s Brown’s former well-poisoner Damian McBride, says: ‘No leader can survive without ‘fat men’ around them – loyal, honest, unambitious, effective at blocking daggers! Think [the Tories’] Willie Whitelaw and [Labour’s] Nick Brown.’
Not to mention Labour’s McStrychnine himself!
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