#GoodRead | Handbags and kitten heels — how not to write about prime ministers
“Number Ten, Maggie’s den” proclaimed the Sun headline on Saturday 5 May 1979, alongside a photograph of a waving Margaret Thatcher outside Downing Street after winning the general election. Compare that to this week’s front page after the news broke that Theresa May would be the new leader of the Conservative party and hence the next prime minister. “Heel boys”, reads the headline, above a large photograph of May’s kitten heels appearing to trample on the heads of her male opponents and colleagues.
It has been almost 40 years since Thatcher’s victory. Have we really gone backwards since then?