After receiving a promise of backing from the North Ireland Democratic Union Party, Prime Minister Theresa May went to the palace Friday pm to seek the Queen’s endorsement for a minority government. Her Conservative party lost its parliamentary majority in Thursday’s general election, which she called to enhance her authority for the forthcoming negotiations with the European Union on the terms of BREXIT. Instead, some circles in Berlin and Paris say she has emerged as a lame duck. The DUP will claim its pound of flesh for backing, possibly in the form of a special status in the negotiations. Although promising a reshuffle of her top team, May’s government is not expected to survive more than a few months.