Usually, when the officer on the bridge giving the order to abandon ship blows bubbles, the message has gotten through.
ot so for the Tory party. Instead, the irrepressible urge to find more icebergs to ram only gets stronger.
The upshot of it all is that next week Britain will have its third prime minister in a year.
Boris Johnson is said to have written the manual on how to screw up in high office.
But it only took Liz Truss 44 days to add a few volumes of her own.
Her tenure was defined as the “disaster class of mismanagement”.
Her stay at 10 Downing Street was so bad that she made Mr Johnson look good. So good, in fact, that he fell out of favor despite the fact; the prospects of his second coming are seriously considered.
Such is the phantasmagorical state of British politics.
Critics argue that the conservative grandees have proved adept at presenting candidates
with an excess of trust but a massive skills deficit.
Although Ms. Truss was undeniably mean, this omnishambles is not about a couple of personalities.
It’s about the fate of a nation. The huge cost of the chaos is a gross injustice to the British public.
Unless the UK government takes more action to protect households from skyrocketing energy bills, UK inflation could rise to 15 percent or more early next year, according to an economist at ING.
Persistent instability and waves of financial turmoil have threatened jobs and pushed up prices relentlessly.
Resentment about the anointing of another leader without recourse to an election is real.
Many see this as a slap in the face to democracy.
What is seen as ideal for the Conservative Party may not be shared by an electorate wanting to have a say in choosing their prime minister at a critical time for their country.
Supporting the economy and establishing continuity in government are of the utmost urgency.
Things move at lightning speed.
But the key question remains: can the party unite around a new leader?
Post-Brexit wounds are still festering.
Labor leader Keir Starmer insists the Conservative Party has shown it no longer has a seat in government.
“The Tories cannot respond to their latest mess by just clicking their fingers again and shuffling the people at the top without the consent of the British people,” he said.
It seems they can.
Mrs. Truss promised “deliver, deliver, deliver”.
She certainly did that in a turbulent six weeks in office, but what she delivered was chaos.
It sparked a run on the pound, was bailed out by the Bank of England and abandoned almost its entire political program at junk speed. She’d said she was willing to make herself unpopular — on that point, at least, she was true to her word.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/editorial/liz-truss-delivered-chaos-as-british-prime-minister-and-now-the-toiling-tories-are-tainted-42083640.html Liz Truss caused chaos as Britain’s Prime Minister – and now the working Tories are tainted