Smiling wax figure of Theresa May belies prime minister’s torment

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 13:27 GMT, Nov 8, 2017 |

British Prime Minister Theresa May gained a wax doppelganger on Wednesday (November 8) that projected an air of strength and permanence sorely lacking in her crisis-prone government.

The wax figure of May, stepping out of Number 10 Downing Street in a red power suit and leopardskin kitten-heeled shoes, was unveiled by Madame Tussauds, a waxworks museum that is one of London’s top tourist attractions.

The real May, meanwhile, was battling multiple crises at once, with several of her cabinet ministers embroiled in scandals, open strife in her party over how to deliver Brexit and persistent debate about her suitability for the job.

Presenting herself as pillar of “strong and stable leadership”, May called a snap election in June expecting to win by a hefty margin, but her campaign failed to inspire the voters and she instead lost her parliamentary majority.

Since then, her divided government has lurched from one crisis to another, with May’s humiliation culminating in a speech at her party conference during which a prankster joined her on stage and letters fell off a slogan behind her.

There was none of that sense of chaos and drift in the scene presented by Madame Tussauds, which shows a smiling May holding a smart black folder and stepping forward from the famous black door of her Downing Street office.

The wax May will now reside at the museum in close proximity to the likenesses of other world leaders including U.S President Donald Trump and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

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