Theresa May acts normal on holiday, but still gets criticised

Written by James Millar on 30 July 2018 in Diary

PM avoids pitfalls of predecessors but still can't win

Theresa May has started her holidays in Italy with the now traditional photo call.

She and husband Philip strolled around Desenzano del Garda taking the sun and pointing at random objects for the cameras. The PM, known for being stiff and uncomfortable in public, looked relaxed. She wore a white shirt, three-quarter length trousers and white trainers bordering on the trendy.

Previous Prime Ministers have found the holiday photo call prone to pitfalls. Gordon Brown was mocked for taking a walk with his family in Norfolk wearing a formal jacket while David Cameron raised eyebrows in 2013 when he went for coffee with wife Samantha in Italy wearing black loafers but no socks.(And to compound the fail he then got in bother for not tipping the waiter). Tony Blair had a habit of cadging accommodation off wealthy chums like Sir Cliff Richard and Silvio Berlusconi.

Despite Theresa May avoiding controversy with her pictures she's still been criticised. The snaps have been dismissed as "boring" and "anodyne" and some on social media have questioned whether she should be taking a break at all with continued uncertainty over Brexit. 

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