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Shane Watson: Deconstructing Theresa May's election haircut

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Is the PM's new Brexit bob a sign that she's ready for battle - or just the work of an over-enthusiastic hairdresser Credit: Paul Grover for the Telegraph

Let's not dwell any more on the PM's wardrobe choices, how much she's spending on strides, the amount of leg she has on show, et cetera. These are serious times and there is serious work to be done. But that being the case, it's impossible not to discuss Theresa May's new haircut. Because this haircut is precision-tailored to suit the moment.

It's harder than her usual hairstyle, roughly 52 per cent more severe, shorn of waves and sharpened at the edges. This is a Brexit bob, a steely helmet honed for purpose. She couldn't have got herself a more timely haircut had she popped into her local Scissors and said, "I want something kick-ass. I on no account want to be peering fetchingly at Juncker through licks of fringe. And I don't mind, tbh, if there's a whiff of Joan of Arc about it." Or maybe she found herself in the stylist's chair for her regular tidy-up and said, "Just cut it all off....

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