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Professor Tim Bale, Would a 2017 General Election mean a landslide victory for the Conservative Party?Professor Tim Bale, May’s Iron Lady persona dims as parallels with loser Brown mount


Taking office as Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May enjoyed comparisons to the first woman to do that job, Margaret Thatcher. Two months in, being likened to Gordon Brown comes across more as a warning. “They’re both introverts, and introverts make very good managers of a department that can concentrate on two or three things,” said Professor Tim Bale. “But being prime minister requires people to be able to multitask. Brown found that the need to make quick decisions about a raft of policies every day without over-thinking them was too much for him."
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