Factors that determine how powerful/popular a prime minister is

  • whether you can control your cabinet
  • spin doctors - how effective they are
  • dominant & charismatic personality
  • majority
  • media must support you, not turn against you - keep the media on your side, using spin doctors
  • to be good at PMQs
  • how crisis is dealt with
  • strength of the opposition
  • how well they use their formal power

THERESA MAY (2016-2019):

  • found it impossible to control the cabinet
  • kept breaking CCR - making her appear weak
  • doesn't have a dominating/charismatic personality - lacked charisma
  • she had 2 bad spin doctors (Nick Timothy, Fiona Hill)
  • she had a majority when she was elected, but lost her majority after the election


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