The PM can’t exist on managerialism alone, despite the economic crisis. Instead he should focus on the party’s 2019 blueprint for fixing Britain.
In short: Johnsonism without Johnson
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The 2019 manifesto was notable for its “Get Brexit Done” slogan, but had far more depth and ambition than is often acknowledged. With its bold plans for devolution, expansion of the railways and boost for science, Sunak should focus on its core proposals.
- @OliverDowden is expected to return to cabinet as Sunak chief operating officer after chairing both of his leadership campaigns. One ally says he'll be "Rishi’s right-hand man throughout and will help him run the government"
Allies of the former PM say he's going to be spending more time in Washington DC, shoring up support for the war in Ukraine - especially with the prospect of Republicans limiting support to Kyiv after the mid terms.
One friend: "There is no formal role yet but Boris is very worried about the situation in Ukraine. He believes that the US and US defence spending is the best force for military success in the war and wants to make sure support does not slip away"
NEW: Jeremy Hunt announces he will "reverse almost all the tax measures announced in the growth plan." Well that's it for Trussonomics (and the platform Liz Truss stood on to be prime minister)
As well as curtailing the energy package, the most measure Hunt announced was scrapping 1p income tax cut. Rishi Sunak was due to introduce it in 2024, Kwasi Kwarteng brought it forward to 2023. Fact it's not happening "indefinitely" shows just how bad the economic's situation is
Oct 16 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
“The question is when — not if — she goes"
Even ministers in Liz Truss' government think she will be the shortest ever PM. But no one knows how and when she will go, never mind who will replace.
Liz Truss has addressed the 1922 committee of Tory MPs this evening. The PM told MPs they should focus on the energy price guarantee and "highlight the devastation that would have been caused to small business had we not acted"
Truss also told Tory MPs that Labour "has no plan beyond the next 6 months" and no plan to help businesses.
Oct 4 • 8 tweets • 4 min read
💥 Inside Liz Truss' dramatic 45p tax U-turn
PM has told colleagues "it’s not the fight I wanted to have" and didn't want it to become "the defining issue of my premiership"
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Kwasi Kwarteng insisted he had not offered to resign over. “Why would he?” said one ally. Downing Street insiders said Truss had been advised by some officials last week she would have to “lose the chancellor”, but she told aides she “never” considered it
🌹 A Labour government led by Keir Starmer is now plausible, but certainly not a given.
The party's conference in Liverpool showed that Labour believes it can win again, but it still has more to do on story telling.
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The standout moment of this year's Labour conference was not Starmer's keynote, as solid as it was. It was the opening montage, when the party paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II and belted out “God Save The King" - unimaginable during the Corbyn years.
So why have Liz Truss and Kwasi Kwarteng taking this radical economic gamble? Thinking inside senior Tory circles is their only hope of staying in power is to get the economy growing faster and they have <2 years to reverse the stagnation. "Go big or go home" is the motto.
Truss is acutely aware she has limited time and political space to deliver on her Tory leadership campaign pledges, based ideas she worked up for a decade.
Those who have spoken to her say, "she won't be timid with these two years, she'll move fast and break things."
Sep 21 • 8 tweets • 3 min read
Liz Truss' Enterprise Zones, due to be launched on Friday, are seen inside Whitehall as a major reboot of the levelling up agenda - a break from the Johnson era:
"The plans make [Michael] Gove look like a socialist" one government insider said.
Levelling Up was born out of Johnson's desire to repay 'red wall' voters who went Tory for the first time in 2019 but also to spur economic growth
Truss' first dozen Enterprise Zones are likely to be targeted at poorer areas but will be offered to anyone
Scale of queueing infrastructure for the Queen's Lying-in-State is epic: 6.9 mile of queues from Victoria Park Gardens in Westminster along the Thames to Southwark - plus another 3 miles of queueing inside Southwark Park. A vast total of 10 miles!
Over 1,000 people are providing queue support, with 779 professional stewards per shift. In total:
- 600 St John ambulance
- 180 Samaritans
- 170 Salvation Army
- 140 Red Cross volunteers
- 120 Scouts
Plus multi-faith pastors, BSL interpreters and deployment of military
Sep 8 • 4 tweets • 1 min read
Statement from Buckingham Palace:
“Following further evaluation this morning, The Queen’s doctors are concerned for Her Majesty’s health and have recommended she remain under medical supervision. The Queen remains comfortable and at Balmoral.”
Clarence House says Prince Charles and Camilla + Prince William are travelling to Balmoral
Sep 6 • 22 tweets • 7 min read
NEW: Liz Truss' reshuffle has begun. @theresecoffey is the new health secretary and deputy prime minister.
Chancellor @KwasiKwarteng is the new chancellor
Sep 6 • 5 tweets • 2 min read
🧑🤝🧑 Can Liz Truss govern her own party?
Boris Johnson's outgoing team think the Conservative parliamentary have become ungovernable and may "do for her"
"She will have to govern like it’s a hung parliament"