But that’s not why Nicola Sturgeon has undoubtedly earned the title. She’s there because she stands head and shoulders above all else in the field. Partly that’s because she leads a pretty united party in a parliament that seems to go about its business in a much better way than Westminster. And it’s because her team at Westminster are, without doubt, the most able group in parliament, partly because almost all of them have real world experience way beyond the political sphere, which is now so rare elsewhere. And they use that skill extremely effectively.
In that case, and given that the future of the UK is in doubt, the question of who the two most powerful politicians in the UK might be is clearly answered by May and Sturgeon. But if you asked who is the most powerful, and wholly appropriately considered that answer in the context of whether or not there is a Union, then May might come second.
As I understand it Widmerpool did actually have some talent.