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UNREPENTANT failed premier Liz Truss has plunged the Tory Party into new crisis with a defiant claim that she was right all along.
Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister came out swinging earlier this week, stressing her continuing commitment to chaotic class-war conservatism.
Her London speech claimed that her plans, which nearly crashed the economy, had been sabotaged by the Establishment, and she explained how she would have balanced the books on the backs of the poor.
Ms Truss reiterated that tax cuts for the rich and scrapping the windfall tax were needed to get growth growing, and that compensating measures to fill the hole in the budget would have included slashing the value of welfare benefits and raising the retirement age.
The markets did not buy it at the time, and few Tory MPs are buying it today. Former minister Conor Burns said that the only service Truss should provide is “sustained silence,” while Conservative candidate Rupert Harrison underlined that “nobody in the Conservative Party or the government is listening.”
However, hapless Truss has her admirers, who saw her brief rule as an attempted return to true Tory principles. Jacob Rees-Mogg MP piped up in support of her anti-tax, anti-spend agenda which was also backed by the Telegraph.
Truss’s clamorous comeback will therefore pile pressure on beleaguered Rishi Sunak, who has failed to fire up the Conservative faithful and is seen by some as wedded to conventional Treasury economics.
Left Labour MP Richard Burgon commented that Truss’s speech proved that “the Tories always put the super-rich first,” while Labour’s deputy leader Angela Rayner said: “We’re all still paying the price of Liz Truss.”
Former Bank of England governor Mark Carney also waded in, accusing Truss of having turned Britain into “Argentina on the Channel.”
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