Reactions to the churn

So Kwasi Kwarteng is out and Jeremy Hunt is in. How long can Liz Truss last after today’s extraordinary moves?

Prominent Lib Dems have, of course, been giving us their take on the news:







I think we can see a clear message here!

* Mary Reid is a contributing editor on Lib Dem Voice. She was a councillor in Kingston upon Thames, where she is still very active with the local party, and is the Hon President of Kingston Lib Dems.

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  • Michael Cole 14th Oct '22 - 2:34pm

    I repeat what I said on LDV several weeks ago that this lot, Truss & Co “… haven’t got a clue.” But I never thought that they would attain this level of incompetence.

  • Laurence Cox 14th Oct '22 - 3:05pm

    Liberals with long memories will remember Harold Macmillan’s “Night of the long knives” in 1962 when he got rid of his Chancellor, Selwyn Lloyd. Liberal MP Jeremy Thorpe, observed that “Greater love hath no man than this, that he lay down his friends for his life.”

    Macmillan only lasted to the following year before he stepped down.

  • Martin Gray 14th Oct '22 - 9:33pm

    Great quote from Jeremy – Lawrence…
    We shall see just how ruthless the Tory party can be in the next few weeks…

  • Mick Taylor 15th Oct '22 - 8:17am

    The 17 PMs in my lifetime all had their faults, but none have had the level of incompetence and ineptitude shown by Ms Truss.
    Some Tory MPs think that Mr Sunak would do a better job. He wasn’t much good at the job of chancellor and his agenda is little different to Truss. Having a slightly less bad Tory leader would make no difference.
    A General Election would give the public a chance to give their verdict on this shower, but would the LibDems fare all that well? Can we raise enough money to fight the campaign? Can we persuade enough voters in Tory facing seats to vote for us to get the Tory out? Or will Labour achieve a steamroller effect that leaves them with a huge majority and us with a handful of seats?
    The rather indifferent set of policies we look like presenting to the electorate is neither radical nor different enough to attract attention. Our current leaders prefer policies that don’t frighten the Tory horses, instead of a real radical alternative to the statism and centralism of Labour and the free market chaos of the Tories.
    Unless 35 or more Tory MPs are prepared to vote for a motion of no confidence plus the end of their political careers, then the GE will not happen until 2024.
    So we need to have a conference as soon as possible and get the policies we need to challenge the cosy status quo. I’m not holding my breath.

  • George Thomas 15th Oct '22 - 8:47am

    “The fever that has taken over the Tory party didn’t start with Liz Truss. Trickle down economics has been the guiding philosophy for 12 years. It has failed.” (Ed Miliband).

    Labour obviously benefit from creating a link to 12 years ago because they want people thinking mistakes only started when they left, but are Lib Dems doing the same by saying it started with Boris Johnson?

    I know Vince Cable needs to sell his book, but does anyone else really think the Tories were doing a good job up until Boris and things have gone to poo only since then?

  • William Wallace 15th Oct '22 - 8:49am

    Don’t forget that the Tories are planning to present the choices at the next election as between ‘strong and stable government under the Conservatives’ and ‘a coalition of chaos.’ Given the chaos of constant changes in ministers, prime ministers and policies since 2015, after the relative stability of coalition in the five years before then, this argument will only make voters laugh now.

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