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17 January 2017, 12:58
Theresa May has just laid out her plans for Brexit in the clearest terms to date. Unfortunately, James O'Brien has spotted a few holes in what she said.
Following the speech, there was a quite a lot of praise for May - with the pound soaring in the aftermath of her laying out the Brexit plans of her government.
James Points Out Holes In May's Brexit Speech
After Theresa May's big Brexit speech, James O'Brien feels...a bit sorry for her.
"I feel a little sorry for her," he admitted. "The reason I feel sorry for her is that was politics that you saw there.
"We're not in America yet, so if she got asked a tough question, she couldn't just scream 'fake news' and claim the journalist was biased. Or take to Twitter afterwards to try to discredit the questioner."
But James wasn't convinced there was as much substance to the speech as many were claiming: "What did she tell us? What did you know now that you didn't know before?"
It was then that James really started to take apart the contradictions in what the Prime Minister had promised for how we're going to leave the EU.
"A woman who told us a few weeks ago that if you're a citizen of the world, you're a citizen of nowhere, now considers us to be a global country.
"We're a global country that doesn't want you to come here.
"We're leaving the EU but we're not leaving. That's very helpful because I, for one, was very frightened of a massive shift in the tectonic plates beneath our planet that might have seen Britain somehow end up geographically and geologically elsewhere from where it is now.
"That's the speech that's supposed to provide clarity...15 minutes later she explained why she won't be providing any or much insight into how things are going."
That brought James back to his point about the difference between the politics of May's speech and the "demagoguery" of Donald Trump.
"She couldn't have just stood up and said everything's going to be OK, everything's going to be great.
"But she tried to," he said with a wince.