If you haven’t followed the latest link in our sidebar to Daphne Anson's blog, here for your edification is Theresa May’s Eid message. I think we posted Jeremy Corbyn’s last year.
This is even worse, mainly (but not only) because of who’s delivering it. We know why Jeremy Corbyn would do it, aside from the obvious vote-gathering potential, he probably actually meant it.
Maybe all Prime Ministers have to do it these days, but do we really want or need our Prime Minister to aim such fawning, grovelling obsequiousness at what is still a minority community? Perhaps she’s trying to ‘set a good example’ to any uncommitted Islamophobes, hoping to head off the disquiet that she can probably hear faintly rumbling in the background. Community cohesion and so on.
Perhaps her advisers have advised her to wrest the Muslim vote from Labour.
Whatever’s behind it, Theresa May looks as though she’s doing it at the point of a loaded gun. How else to explain the tortured delivery? Have you ever seen such prissy enunciation? As for the content of the message, does she really mean it? I truly despair.