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”.
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From the observer Toby Helm
From the mail on Sunday Dan Hodges
From the Guardians Pippa Crear
From the political house Alan White
From the telegraphs Jack Maidment
From ITV Paul brand
By Sonia Sodha of The Observer
From the time Steven Swinford
From the I’s Paul Waugh
From the Guardians John Crace
From City AM Jack Mendel
From Byline Times’ Adam Bienkow
From the New Statesman’s Adrian Bradley