Mrs May just hasn’t got “it”. It’s a difficult quality to pin down, but you can tell, very easily, if it’s not there. Watching Emily Maitlis’s interview of the PM after she had retreated from St. Clement’s, it was all too clear. The PM does not have it, and, very sadly, she clearly doesn’t get it either.
A bit like Donald Rumsfeld’s “unknown unknowns”, Mrs May does not seem able to grasp that she needs to show that she’s got it.
Even if you didn’t agree with much of his politics you could see that Tony Blair “had it”, David Cameron “had it” (indeed it could be argued that “it” was all that he did have as he was curiously devoid of burning ambitions.) Thatcher had it. Clinton was naturally endowed with more “it” than anyone has a right to expect . Reagan had it.
Major did not have it, but found it in his time in office. Brown never had it. Ed Milliband never had it, but embarrassingly David Milliband did. That must make for slightly strained family gatherings.
What is “it”. Charisma? Empathy? Speed? All of the above, wrapped with the self-confidence to handle whatever is coming.
Sadly, Mrs May does not have “it”, any “it” at all in fact….