Liz Truss has become a tribute act to Rishi Sunak – why don’t they go for the real thing?

AFTER those dizzying about-faces, Liz Truss has morphed into a tribute act to Rishi Sunak.

Why didn’t the Tories just go for the real thing? It would have saved everyone a lot of heartache.

For all her good intentions, after six weeks in office, the prime minister has wreaked havoc and misery


For all her good intentions, after six weeks in office, the prime minister has wreaked havoc and miseryPhoto credit: AFP
With everything turned around, Liz Truss is now just a tribute act to Rishi Sunak - so why not go for the real thing?


With everything turned around, Liz Truss is now just a tribute act to Rishi Sunak – so why not go for the real thing?Credit: Alamy

And in these turbulent times, maybe they will.

Sunak could be smiling from the doorstep of 10 Downing Street at the end of the week, or at the end of the day, or at the end of this sentence.

Another unelected Tory Prime Minister! How many will we have, you ask, before the embarrassed Tories finally face an angry nation?

But this chaos must not continue.

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For all her good intentions, all her bold dreams, all her big talk about giving The Blob a good kick, six weeks of Liz Truss has caused nothing but chaos and misery.

She started a fire that was immediately beyond her control. And now she’s totally destroyed every cause she’s ever stood up for.

Lower taxes, a smaller state, a happy, sun-kissed country where growth brought prosperity for all—there was nothing wrong with the ideas.

But their clumsy handling roiled the market and caused the pound to crumble.

Liz Truss thought she could aim for growth without calming the market and without the backing of the Office of Budget Responsibility, part of the UK Treasury, and the likes of the IMF, the Bank of England and slick city boys always preparing for it were to make money a quick buck from the economic plight of another.

Hopelessly botched

Truss thought she could do it all without her.

She was spectacularly and hopelessly wrong.

Who will dare advocate cutting taxes from a 70-year high?

The 45 per cent top tax – a spiteful farewell to Brown, another useless Prime Minister who was never elected by the British people – is now set in sacred stone for a generation.

High taxes will be the norm for everyone. The cult of growth, growth, growth has been hopelessly botched and will herald a new era of desperate balancing of the books.

Everything Truss fought for has been given up.

Public spending is now being cut. Corporate tax – which makes the UK less attractive to investors – will now be raised from 19 per cent to 25 per cent.

Don’t talk about about-faces – that doesn’t quite cover it.

In just six weeks, Truss has completely regretted every policy that led to her election.

The remainer-turned-leaver now turns out to be a cocker-upper of extraordinary proportions.

Brexit? You can forget about Brexit. Truss, the last major Brexit advocate worthy of the name, screwed that up too.

She couldn’t organize an a**s-up in a brewery, let alone a successful exit from the European Union.

If Brexit got us here, it just wasn’t worth all the agony – and that fact may yet create rifts within the Conservative Party that tear them apart forever.

The only person who came through Brexit well is Boris Johnson, who will dine on it for the rest of his days.

Bojo is the only one standing on the sunlit highlands of our post-Brexit Britain.

Aside from him we will all be poorer for the descent that has taken us from Cameron to May to Johnson to Truss.

What a mess. What a tragedy. Hapless Truss promised growth, but their economic pitfalls have only left us poorer.

And if the Tories are no longer the party of stability and economic literacy, what exactly are they for?

On Friday afternoon, Truss stuffed her chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, in the history bin.

Still, there was no indication that Kwarteng had ever attempted to implement a breakaway policy that left the new prime minister clutching her pearls in horror.

Kwasi was just trying to implement the policies Truss had promised during this never-ending Tory leadership campaign.

You know what’s on the truss can – lower taxes (currently at a 70-year high), a smaller state (which expanded to deal with the ravages of the Covid pandemic), and high growth.

A more traditional Tory government. That’s what Liz wants. That’s what Kwarteng wanted.

Why did only one of them get the boot? If Kwarteng got his financial calculations hopelessly wrong, then surely Liz Truss must ALSO have used Diane Abbott’s calculator?

Why did Kwasi lose his appearance while Truss remains prime minister? Beats me! I saw her speech at Downing Street. I saw her lips move. And it still doesn’t make sense for Kwasi to leave and Truss to stay.

And if Liz regrets her bold plans and regrets all her yak-yak-yak over growth – that wily old Rishi Sunak predicted it would bring misery and chaos – then what’s the point of her?

But the Conservative Party’s existential dilemma isn’t Liz Truss.

The ultimate Tory problem is that the British people have given Boris Johnson a proud majority of 80 seats. And Tory MPs decided to give the boot to BoJo.

Liz Truss has only been in the job for 40 days and Tory MPs are already planning to sack her. And maybe they will. Maybe they should. A poll assumes that Liz enjoys the same popularity as Prince Andrew.

The Tories are now the party of headless chickens. This feels close to the end. Liz Truss is in her bunker moving armies that no longer exist and the enemy is at the city gates.

Do they really expect us to meekly accept the fifth Tory Prime Minister in just six years? And another unelected prime minister? Gordon Brown in blue? What utter contempt they show for the British people.

The idea that the Tories can change leadership and not ask for a mandate from the British people is crazy.

After all the agony the Tories endured to anoint Truss, the blue flock of Tory MPs are already looking to replace her with a ‘dream ticket’ – Rishi Sunak and Penny Mordaunt. This Month’s Tory Leaders!

But then there must be a general choice. How can it not be? Those tired, ill-tempered Tories have been in power for so long they’ve forgotten we live in a democracy.

How decadent they look. How utterly corrupted by all those years in office. How smug and contemptible and spoiled. How absolutely ready to be thrown out.

The Tories are a party that is currently eating itself. All those pathetic little factions of Remainers and Leavers, pro-Boris and anti-Boris, Red Wall and Blue Wall.

I always thought a bad Tory government was always better than a good Labor government. Now I’m honestly not so sure.

Jeremy Hunt may be a Remainer, but at least he's sane and competent


Jeremy Hunt may be a Remainer, but at least he’s sane and competentCredit: PA

The sacking of Kwasi strangely feels like a human sacrifice. malicious. Horrible. And ultimately absolutely pointless. Because Kwasi was just trying to do what Liz Truss wanted to do – which she supposedly believes in.

Now the chancellor’s job goes to a reassuring figure from a more economically prudent wing of the party – Jeremy Hunt.

Jeremy is of course a Remainer. But, you know what? Our country has sunk so low that I’m not sure this phase means anything anymore. Jeremy Hunt looks healthy and competent.

That might be the best we can hope for at the moment.

All of Liz’s bold promises of low taxes and high growth are thrown overboard as she tries to save her own skin. It’s all pretty pathetic.

If you love our country, and I know you do, please go TODAY Prime Minister. Britain deserves better. Liz Truss has become a tribute act to Rishi Sunak – why don’t they go for the real thing?


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