Whether you’re recovering from your coal-drunk celebration of President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord, or if you’re just checking out of the hospital after suffering a rage-induced stroke, you might have missed a few stories this week. Still, as we all know, the best way to recover from a news hangover is the hair of the dog that bit you. Here’s a few stories to help you nurse yourself back to health.
Remember how Theresa May was cruising to victory in the British election?
That was a long time ago. Since Theresa May stunned Britons by calling elections nearly six weeks ago (or roughly 12 years in Trump-scandal time), May’s Conservative Party has seen its lead over the Labour Party cut in one poll from 24 to 3 points. She has repeatedly reversed course on key policy decisions, including the election itself, which she promised not to call, as well as Brexit, which she was against before the referendum, and including a recent embarrassing stumble in her campaign over who would have to pay what got labeled a “dementia tax” that she was forced to drop. That has undermined her intended message that her government will be a source of strength and stability during the tough Brexit negotiations. When May first became prime minister, commentators relished in comparing her to Margaret Thatcher, the Iron Lady who was famously “not for turning.” In the wake of May’s decision this week to skip a debate with the other major party leaders, a new joke has been making the rounds: This lady’s not for turning up.