Is or Was?
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Is or Was?
In a recent news article I read that 'Theresa May is the worst Prime Minister of all time.' In a few years' time, if I were to refer back to this article in conversation and Theresa May is no longer Prime Minister, what would be the correct tense to use?
'I read an article that said Theresa May is the worst Prime Minister of all time'
'I read an article that said Theresa May was the worst Prime Minister of all time'?
I think the first one is correct because although Theresa May is no longer Prime Minister in this hypothetical situation, the article, no matter how long ago it was written, is written in the present tense, and therefore the present tense should be used when referring back to it?
This thread has nothing to do with politics, by the way, it is merely a grammatical question to which I need an answer.