The Syrian strike at the weekend was only a gesture so there was no need for a vote, opined the PM
It was meant to be her best “war” voice, but Theresa May sounded more like a nervous, newly ordained curate leading prayers for the first time as she made her statement to the Commons on the Syrian airstrikes. Piety can be a hard-won virtue and sometimes a prime minister has to fake it to make it. Especially when she’s not entirely certain she’s done the right thing.
May began more in sorrow than anger. She hadn’t wanted to get involved but the Syrian regime’s use of chemical weapons on its own people had left her no option. So far so good. It was when she got on to the reasons why she hadn’t recalled parliament to sanction her military intervention that she struggled to maintain good faith.