The Conservative Party follows Henry the Eighth

Theresa May has survived the Conservative leadership contest, bringing to mind the old rhyme about the wives of Henry VIII: divorced, beheaded died; divorced, beheaded, survived.

Boris Johnson – did not stand after break-up with Gove – Catherine of Aragon – divorced
Liam Fox – eliminated by vote – Anne Boleyn – beheaded
Stephen Crabb – stood down – Jane Seymour – died
Michael Gove – eliminated by vote – after losing favour after falling out with Johnson – Anne of Cleves – divorced
Andrea Leadsom – stood down – Catherine Howard – beheaded
Theresa May – survived – Catherine Parr – survived

Alright, it doesn’t quite work! However, I believe the only major fly in the ointment is that Leadsom and Gove should be reversed to make the analogy work better.

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