‘Brutal’: media deride Liz Truss’s local radio interviews


Liz Truss spent the morning speaking to local BBC radio stations to insist her government’s economic policy is on the right course despite Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget prompting an emergency intervention from the Bank of England to prevent a run on pension funds, a slump in the value of the pound and a rise in the cost of government debt.

The prime minister said she was “prepared to take difficult decisions” and would not change policy, despite being repeatedly pressed by presenters, leading to criticism from many media commentators across the political spectrum, with one calling the interviews an “utter disaster” and another saying it was “the most brutal round of local radio interviews a prime minister has faced”.

Here is a roundup:

From the Observer’s Toby Helm:

Hearing Liz Truss speaking on local radio saying the mini budget is going according to plan in the face of terrifying evidence is unsustainable. Blind to reality, which was the problem in the first place

— Toby Helm (@tobyhelm) September 29, 2022

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Hearing Liz Truss speaking on local radio saying the mini budget is going according to plan in the face of terrifying evidence is unsustainable. Blind to reality, which was the problem in the first place

— Toby Helm (@tobyhelm) September 29, 2022

From the Mail on Sunday’s Dan Hodges:

Liz Truss currently sounds like a pre-recorded message telling you she's sorry the Government is out, but please call back later.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

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Liz Truss currently sounds like a pre-recorded message telling you she’s sorry the Government is out, but please call back later.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

This is a terrible media round from Liz Truss. Robotic. Totally lacking in empathy. But it's also revealing the fundamental problem. The policy itself is utterly, completely and totally indefensible.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

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This is a terrible media round from Liz Truss. Robotic. Totally lacking in empathy. But it’s also revealing the fundamental problem. The policy itself is utterly, completely and totally indefensible.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

If you're just waking up, Liz Truss is a doing her regional broadcast round, and that sound you can hear is the Red Wall collapsing…

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

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If you’re just waking up, Liz Truss is a doing her regional broadcast round, and that sound you can hear is the Red Wall collapsing…

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

That was an utter disaster for Liz Truss. But there was no way it couldn't have been a disaster. There is nothing left to debate now. She either reverses course, or she gets wiped out politically. Those are the choices she faces.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

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That was an utter disaster for Liz Truss. But there was no way it couldn’t have been a disaster. There is nothing left to debate now. She either reverses course, or she gets wiped out politically. Those are the choices she faces.

— (((Dan Hodges))) (@DPJHodges) September 29, 2022

From the Guardian’s Pippa Crerar:

Tough time on @BBCBristol – Truss asked about making bad situation worse & BoE stepping in to “clear up the mess”.

PM blames Putin & says it’s “right that govt takes action” but @jhansonradio points out market jitters were result of mini budget.

She even laughs at one point.

— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) September 29, 2022

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Tough time on @BBCBristol – Truss asked about making bad situation worse & BoE stepping in to “clear up the mess”.

PM blames Putin & says it’s “right that govt takes action” but @jhansonradio points out market jitters were result of mini budget.

She even laughs at one point.

— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) September 29, 2022

From Politics Home’s Alan White:

Truss really needs to spell out the long-term benefits of her plans in detail and show how people will be protected from e.g. home repossessions. She did neither this morning and the markets reacted accordingly

— Alan White (@aljwhite) September 29, 2022

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Truss really needs to spell out the long-term benefits of her plans in detail and show how people will be protected from e.g. home repossessions. She did neither this morning and the markets reacted accordingly

— Alan White (@aljwhite) September 29, 2022

From the Telegraph’s Jack Maidment:

Liz Truss insisted economic chaos is not confined to the UK and there are "stormy times" across the world.

She refused to accept the mini-Budget had played any sort of role in the instability we have seen domestically since last Friday.

Safe to say a lot of people disagree.

— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) September 29, 2022

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Liz Truss insisted economic chaos is not confined to the UK and there are “stormy times” across the world.

She refused to accept the mini-Budget had played any sort of role in the instability we have seen domestically since last Friday.

Safe to say a lot of people disagree.

— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) September 29, 2022

Not sure why No 10 thought a regional radio round was a good idea.

It was eight five-minute interviews in a row of Liz Truss being asked the same bruising questions over and over again.

One of the more brutal morning rounds I can remember.

— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) September 29, 2022

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Not sure why No 10 thought a regional radio round was a good idea.

It was eight five-minute interviews in a row of Liz Truss being asked the same bruising questions over and over again.

One of the more brutal morning rounds I can remember.

— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) September 29, 2022

From ITV’s Paul Brand:

I had the great job of doing these regional interviews with PMs ahead of conferences for years and I can’t remember a more brutal round for a Prime Minister. But Liz Truss is utterly doubling down.

— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 29, 2022

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I had the great job of doing these regional interviews with PMs ahead of conferences for years and I can’t remember a more brutal round for a Prime Minister. But Liz Truss is utterly doubling down.

— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 29, 2022

From the Observer’s Sonia Sodha

My god this is gaslighting on a humongous scale.

— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) September 29, 2022

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My god this is gaslighting on a humongous scale.

— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) September 29, 2022

Her strategy just seems to be to pretend she’s living in an alternate reality. And to blame it all on the international situation.

— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) September 29, 2022

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Her strategy just seems to be to pretend she’s living in an alternate reality. And to blame it all on the international situation.

— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) September 29, 2022

From the Times’ Steven Swinford:

Liz Truss broadcast round:

* £45bn tax-cutting budget was 'right thing to do'

* Hits back at unfairness criticism. 'It's not fair to have a recession'

* Pitch based on counterfactual – bills would be higher, growth would be worse

* Says you can't rule out fracking in Lancs

— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 29, 2022

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Liz Truss broadcast round:

* £45bn tax-cutting budget was ‘right thing to do’

* Hits back at unfairness criticism. ‘It’s not fair to have a recession’

* Pitch based on counterfactual – bills would be higher, growth would be worse

* Says you can’t rule out fracking in Lancs

— Steven Swinford (@Steven_Swinford) September 29, 2022

From the i’s Paul Waugh:

This silence spoke volumes.
Truss: "Too often, tax policy has just been seen as being about redistribution. It's not. It's also about how we grow the size of the pie so that everyone can benefit "@johnacres48: "By borrowing more and putting our mortgages up."
Truss:..long pause

— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 29, 2022

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