Some politicians have a thing they will always be associated with.
Ed Miliband gets a bacon sandwich, John Prescott gets an egg, Nixon gets Watergate.
She famously answered the question of the naughtiest thing she’s ever done by scandalously admitting she did something no agriculturalist could ever countenance: running through crops.
But now she wishes she had just kept her mouth shut.
In her final major speech as prime minister today, she told an audience at Chatham House: ‘One of the silliest things I ever did was answering that question, but there we are.’
She was asked during a Q&A session at the end whether running through a field of wheat was still the naughtiest thing she’d ever done, when she looked back at her tenure as prime minister.
If there was something she wanted to get off her chest, however, she didn’t do it this afternoon.
Here’s a reminder of when she did answer the question, though:
Interviewer Julie Etchingham: What’s the naughtiest thing you ever did?
May: Oh, goodness me. Well, I suppose… gosh. Do you know I’m not quite sure. I can’t think what the naughtiest thing…
Etchingham: There must’ve been a moment when…
May: Well, nobody is ever perfectly behaved, are they? I mean, you know, there are times when… I have to confess, when me and my friend, sort of, used to run through the fields of wheat, the farmers weren’t too pleased about that.’