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Learning from the master!

January 4, 2022 3:49 PM

jw7\ (Photo by Jay Wennington on Unsplash)One of the main characteristics that has surrounded the leadership of our current Prime Minister is his lax control of spending of the publics money and a desire to reward supporters and relatives often without any transparency. The feeling is that he views rules as something little people follow unlike himself.

The North Shropshire by-election sent a clear message; enough is enough. So much so that speculation about a leadership challenge to Mr Johnson later this year.

One of the leading candidates to replace him is Liz Truss. She is very popular amongst Tory members despite her period in charge of trade deals where her main achievements were deals with Australia and New Zealand which sacrificed the interests of our farmers for negligible economic gain for our country. Indeed the New Zealand deal is forecast to actually make the UK economy smaller according to the governments own forecasts

Ms Truss was in the news over Christmas when it was revealed the foreign secretary "refused to consider anywhere else" than a private members club at 5 Hertford Street", which is owned by the millionaire aristocrat Robin Birley, a donor to Boris Johnson's leadership campaign and the half-brother of Zac Goldsmith, the environment minister. and requested taxpayers' cash for a £3,000 event with Joe Biden's trade representative.

Her civil servants were so alarmed at the cost - and the venue owners' close links to the Tories - that the proposal was referred to the top official at the Department for International Trade (DIT). before going ahead

The venue later agreed to reduce the bill to £1,400, but on condition of immediate payment - which meant civil servants had to use an emergency process to pay up straight away.

It is so reassuring that the pupil has learnt so much from her master when it comes to the attributes needed to be Prime Minister!