‘Brutal’: Media mocks Liz Truss’ local radio interviews | Liz Truss | Panda Anku

Liz Truss spent the morning speaking to local BBC radio stations to insist her government’s economic policies were on the right track, despite Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget prompting emergency intervention by the Bank of England to stop a run on pension funds and a To prevent a fall in the value of the pound and a rise in the cost of the national debt.

The Prime Minister said she was “ready to make difficult decisions” and would not change her policies, despite repeated pressure from moderators, prompting criticism from many media commentators across the political spectrum, with some calling the interviews “complete disaster” and others said it was “the most brutal round of local radio interviews a prime minister has witnessed”.

Here is a summary:

From the observer Toby Helm

Hearing Liz Truss say on local radio that the mini-budget is going according to plan in the face of chilling evidence is untenable. Reality blindness, that was the problem in the first place

— Toby Helm (@tobyhelm) September 29, 2022

From the mail on Sunday Dan Hodges

Liz Truss is currently sounding like a recorded message telling you she is sorry the government is out but please call back later.

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

This is an awful round of media from Liz Truss. Robot. There is a total lack of empathy. But it also reveals the fundamental problem. The policy itself is absolute, complete and utterly unjustifiable.

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

If you’re just waking up, Liz Truss is doing her regional broadcast, and the sound you can hear is the Red Wall coming down…

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

This was a complete disaster for Liz Truss. But there was no way it couldn’t have been a disaster. Now there is nothing more to discuss. Either it reverses course or it is politically wiped out. Those are the choices she faces.

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

From the Guardians Pippa Crear

hard time on @BBCBristol – Truss asked about worsening bad situation and intervention by BoE to ‘clean up the mess’.

PM blames Putin and says it’s ‘right for government to take action’ but @jhansonradio points out that the market’s nervousness was the result of a mini-budget.

At one point she even laughs.

— Pippa Crerar (@PippaCrerar) September 29, 2022

From the political house Alan White

Truss really needs to detail the long-term benefits of their plans and show how people will be protected from things like home evictions. Neither did it this morning and markets reacted accordingly

– Alan White (@aljwhite) September 29, 2022

From the telegraphs Jack Maidment

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

She refused to accept that the mini-budget had played any role in the instability we’ve seen domestically since last Friday.

It’s safe to say that many people disagree.

— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) September 29, 2022

I’m not sure why #10 thought a regional radio show was a good idea.

It was eight straight five-minute interviews in which Liz Truss was asked the same nagging questions over and over again.

One of the more brutal morning laps I can remember.

— Jack Maidment (@jrmaidment) September 29, 2022

From ITV Paul brand

I’ve had the awesome job of doing these regional pre-conference interviews with prime ministers for years, and I can’t remember a more brutal round for a prime minister. But Liz Truss completely doubles down.

— Paul Brand (@PaulBrandITV) September 29, 2022

By Sonia Sodha of The Observer

My god, this is gas lighting on a gigantic scale.

— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) September 29, 2022

Her strategy only seems to be to pretend she lives in an alternate reality. And to blame everything on the international situation.

— Sonia Sodha (@soniasodha) September 29, 2022

From the time Steven Swinford

Liz Truss broadcast round:

* £45bn tax cut budget was ‘right’

* Strike back at criticism of injustice. “It’s not fair to have a recession”

* Pitch is based on counterfactuals – the bills would be higher, the 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

That silence spoke volumes.
Truss: “Too often, tax policy has been seen only as redistribution. That’s not it. It’s also about how we enlarge the pie so that everyone benefits.”@johnacres48: “By taking out more loans and increasing our mortgages.”
Truss: … long pause

— Paul Waugh (@paulwaugh) September 29, 2022

From the Guardians John Crace

Liz Truss has a job waiting in an automated call center

— John Crace (@JohnJCrace) September 29, 2022

From City AM Jack Mendel

It is indeed amazing that Liz Truss is trying to claim that this is a ‘global problem’ despite the fact that her party spent five years in a coalition blaming the Labor Party for an actual global financial crash [when Gordon Brown actually *saved* banks by bringing them into public ownership]

– Jack Mendel 🗞️ (@Mendelpol) September 29, 2022

From Byline Times’ Adam Bienkow

This has got to be the most brutal round of local radio interviews I’ve ever heard from a prime minister.

Not a single regret from Liz Truss, or even the slightest hint that she plans to change course in any way.

— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) September 29, 2022

From the New Statesman’s Adrian Bradley

really think Liz Truss would have been wiser if she had done the Today show this morning. It’s much easier to conduct a 15 minute interview than 10 individually specialized interviews with moderators who know their field much better than you do.

— Adrian Bradley (@adebradley) September 29, 2022

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