LIZ Truss’s conference debut as PM today threatens to be overshadowed by the dark gloom of a Tory Party in disarray.
Discipline has collapsed. MPs openly plot against a leader installed only last month.
It is dispiriting — because Truss, with her commendable pro-growth strategy, is telling Britain some hard truths.
We must increase productivity, cut taxes from their 70-year high and ease regulation.
This should not be remotely controversial. But Britain is so used to complacent socialism-light under Labour AND the Tories — especially now with two massive state bailouts — that nearly 40 per cent in a new survey consider tax-cutting Conservatives “extreme”.
That is a dangerous absurdity. Truss is right to take on those who prefer the ruinous status quo of managed decline.
As for Tory “rebels”: What’s the endgame? Cripple or topple yet another PM? You’ll inevitably trigger a snap election while 30 points behind Labour.
Or plod on for two years doing nothing, then hand Keir Starmer a landslide so he can do nothing too?
If the Tories aren’t for lower taxes, a leaner state and a richer Britain for all, what are they for?
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Max Clifford might still be alive, enjoying his millions from showbiz PR.
But cases against all three paedophiles were built when multiple victims spoke out as a result of publicity. One allegation could have been waved away as a misunderstanding. Not so many.
So it is profoundly wrong for the Government to consider granting suspects anonymity until charge.
But they were betrayed by the BBC and inept police. Greater evil is done if paedophiles cheat justice and attack again for want of publicity.
Police must release suspects’ names — while first being far more forensic about the credibility of accusations.
WHY is Putin not named the world’s No1 terrorist with a vast bounty put on his head?
He sent an army to terrorise, murder and rape innocent Ukrainians. Now he issues blood-curdling nuclear threats.
He hopes to plunge Europe into a winter without heat. His saboteurs are supposedly plotting to sever cables which supply our gas and internet.
We should offer a massive reward for this monster’s capture or assassination.
Billions would crowdfund it.