LONDON — On Thursday the country watched on in amazement as Theresa May’s highly-anticipated speech to Conservative party conference descended into farce.
The prime minister’s speech, which was intended to rally the Tories after weeks of infighting, was interrupted by comedian Lee Nelson (real name Simon Brodkin) who posing as a Conservative activist handed May a fake P45.
Here’s what the front pages of Britain’s biggest newspapers have reacted to May’s disastrous speech.
The Sun, Britain’s most-read print newspaper, has splashed with a picture of what remained of May’s slogan by the end of her speech, with the headline “PM’s nightmare as sign collapses.”
Pick up a copy of today’s Metro and you’ll read the words “What the F?” splashed on the front page, accompanied by a picture of the surreal moment Brodkin leant into view of television cameras holding the spoof P45.
The Guardian’s headline reads “Coughing and spluttering — May’s British dream turns into nightmare.” In her speech, the PM laid out her vision for the “British dream” and kicked it off with policy announcements on housing and energy prices. But as today’s front pages illustrate, her speech almost certainly won’t be remembered for its content.
The Scotsman’s frontpage pulls no punches. “May loses her voice and what was left of her authority,” it reads.
The Telegraph takes a more sympathetic view, describing May as “luckless” and at mercy of a “tragic farce” that was out of her control.
As does the Daily Mail. The right-leaning newspaper pays tribute to “the old girl” and suggests negotiating Brexit will be a straight-forward task compared to delivering the speech.
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