How did Theresa May go from Supreme Leader to malfunctioning automaton? To mark her first anniversary as PM on Thursday, the Guardians sketch writer John Crace, who coined the term Maybot, charts her robotic rise and fall
I christened Theresa May the Maybot after an interview she gave on a trade mission to India in November last year. Even by her own low standards, this was a car crash.
Have you made any plans for a Brexit transitional deal? inquired a Sky News reporter.
Whirr. Clunk. Clang. The Maybots eyes rotated into life. Im focusing on delivering article 50, she replied, unable to prevent herself from answering an entirely different question.
Will you be able to deliver on the 350m that was promised to the NHS? the reporter persevered.
When the people. Whirr. Voted in the referendum. Clunk. They wanted. Clang. A number of different things, said the Maybot, struggling with her circuit board.
Was the referendum dishonest ?
Inside the Maybot, the last shards of the real Theresa were fighting to get out. She was not a number. Especially not 350 million. She was a person in her own right. She did still have a mind of her own. Then the malware took over again.
Whirr. The referendum took. Clunk. Place. Im focusing She wasnt. She really wasnt.
You werent part of the Vote Leave campaign, you werent prime minister at the time of the referendum and you have no mandate, observed the reporter sharply.
Im. Whirr. Determined
Youre determined to be what ?
Im. Whirr. Determined. To be. Clunk. Determined to focus on the. Clang. Things that the British public determined