On cricket homage, May challenges robotic jibe


LONDON (Reuters) – Armed with a tupperware box full of home-made chocolate brownies, Prime Minister Theresa May made an appearance on Britain’s most popular cricket programme on BBC radio on Friday and took to task those who call her “robotic”.

May, 60, is an avid fan of cricket and was introduced to the programme, “Test Match Special”, by her father, a vicar, who often listened to it on the radio when working from home.

Displaying her knowledge of the programme’s presenters who are household names to many cricket fans in Britain, May brought the team behind the programme a batch of home-made chocolate brownies which, she said, she made at home late on Thursday.

“Made by my own fair hands,” she told the programme during an interval in a match between England and West Indies, after saying she had followed a recipe by British chef Nigel Slater.

She explained that she had brought the commentators treats on an earlier occasion but they had been taken by former England captain Geoffrey Boycott, now a blunt commentator.

“Well, all I will say is that Geoffrey Boycott has still got my tupperware,” she said.

After touching on her passion for cricket and her experiments with French cricket – a social, simpler version of the sport – as a child with her father, May went on to question why some journalists call her robotic.

She said the reason she repeated certain phrases, which led to her being dubbed “the Maybot”, was because she believed them.

“I get frustrated: people used the term robotic about me during that (June election) campaign. I don’t think I‘m in the least robotic,” she said.

Reporting by Elizabeth Piper; Editing by Alison Williams

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