Three weeks ago, the British Prime Minister could not open her mouth without putting further strain on the currency. Now she can’t open her mouth without everyone getting wet laughing, so it’s definitely getting better.
His were breathlessly constructed as questions from a “great” prime minister. Such talk is pretty silly. It’s just a bit of pantomime and never changes anything. She is not on trial, especially as the verdict has already been announced. She’s now just awaiting sentencing and, if she were sensible, which she isn’t, would be keen for it all to be over as soon as possible, which could still be the case, but nobody really seems to want to pull the lever .
But one thing she had to do was try to convince her own MPs to stay with her a little longer and hope things would improve – which she didn’t and won’t do. Liz Truss’ latest strategy, in the face of yet more evidence of everything she’s done wrong and how much it’s hurt everyone, is to point out that she’s apologized, as if people expect their leaders to Pain regret they have overwhelmed them.
Slightly disconcertingly, when Keir Starmer asked Truss about an upcoming biography of hers and whether “out by Christmas” was the title or the release date, the howls of laughter were less loud than the response.
Her new chancellor, Jeremy Hunt, sat at her side. By an unfortunate coincidence, he was conducting one of those light-hearted interviews The times about his favorite books and movies that came out yesterday, but one suspects they were a while ago. “My favorite piece is King Lear,” It says. “No one is perfect, and to see the greatest of people so gruelingly brought down by pride or failure is heartwarming, and not just because I’ve seen it happen to me five times as Prime Minister.”
Make that six, Jeremy. His face remained admirably blank the entire time, only getting tense at a rather crucial moment when he heard Truss announce that she’s “absolutely in favor of the triple lockdown on pensions.” A promise he has expressly refused. So it seems possible, if not probable, that the Prime Minister only said the words on her heart to resolve the issue, which will not be the case.
Starmer also pointed out that no matter what he asked her, she had responded a week ago by criticizing Labour’s plan to only offer support on energy bills until next April rather than April 2024. And here they were, a week later, with this is the government’s plan now.
“We’re honest,” she said. “We are on an equal footing with the public.” But the public really doesn’t feel like they’re being rectified. Just leveled.
All of these comebacks have been met with silence. Not long ago it was utterly painful to watch PMQs when Jeremy Corbyn’s own MPs sat behind him and made no sound at all while performing the movements of a lead walking dead on his feet, and that’s exactly what’s happening here. It’s funny, of course it is, but it’s also unsettling. The crucial dramatic point of any sitcom has to be that the protagonist cannot escape the situation he finds himself in, although in some way he would like to.
Liz Truss is only trapped by herself. She could walk out any second, but she can’t. The repeated question – what is the point of it? – now that everything she wants to do with the Force has been taken from her, her zeal is overdoing it. All she really wants is to be prime minister. Everything else comes very far second.
At one point, one of their backbenchers whispered very loudly to another, “useless.”
In fact, it is useless. Their only remaining use is to sit there while their MPs figure out how to get rid of them, most of the usual methods now being taboo for having done so poorly. But they will eventually, and that will be it. (© Independent News Service)
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/the-liz-truss-pantomime-continues-and-oh-yes-she-is-likely-to-be-out-by-christmas-42081016.html The Liz Truss pantomime continues — and oh yeah, it’ll probably be out by Christmas.