Magazine February 20, 2017, Issue

A Very Special Relationship

(Roman Genn)
America and Britain after Brexit

Only minutes after Britain’s prime minister, Theresa May, had delivered her speech to the Republican retreat in Philadelphia, hawk-eyed U.K. hacks and bloggers noticed a minor statistical embarrassment:

Number of times May mentioned the “special relationship” in her address: eight.

Number of times the White House calendar had misspelled her Christian name (as “Teresa”): three.

It was no big deal, of course; besides, the Brits were in no position to claim hurt feelings on such grounds. When the G7 summit was held in London in 1984, the official British roster of dignitaries had listed the Italian prime minister not under his real name,

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