Liz Truss has ‘developed a mouth problem on Boris Johnson’s foot’
As the Tory leadership debacle trunds, it becomes clear that Liz Truss has developed the same foot-in-mouth problem that Boris Johnson displayed during his tenure as prime minister.
Ms Truss clearly has no aptitude for diplomacy and is uninterested in clearing the slate and trying to come to terms with the Scottish government and the first democratically elected first minister by the people of Scotland; This should not be forgotten, although Ms Truss has clearly stated that the SNP holds the vast majority of Westminster seats in Scotland.
But it is not the only Scottish hack that Ms Truss has raised. Furious MPs from his own party are also on the warpath because of his ridiculous plans to cut civil service pay outside London.
How on earth would Ms Truss ever think this was a good idea? He immediately dropped that hot potato, but it raises serious questions about his judgment, competence, and credibility.
And yet, this is the woman who will probably be making the big decisions that affect all of us in a matter of weeks.
One thing is for sure; On top of changing her opinion about the EU, and now on her own policy proposals, when it comes to making outrageous U-turns, this woman is definitely one to turn.
Ruth Marr, Sterling,
destroy before reading
If Ian McWirter (“Did anyone ever think Truss was going to listen to Sturgeon?”, August 2) saw the reaction of Exeter Tory audiences to Liz Truss’s dismissive comments directed at our first minister, and vehemently Not contemptuous contempt. For those of us who identify with our nationality as Scottish, I’m sorry that their overzealous, patronizing Herald columns Mark Smith and Brian Wilson are in danger of being among those who “destroy before reading” me. Tray included.
Willie McLean, Milnevy.
Truss Tells the Truth About Sturgeon
Can anyone, anywhere, while being completely honest and political affiliation aside, deny that the current leader of the SNP is an attention-getter?
Can anyone who has seen her and the embarrassing selfie parade at the COP26 convention in Glasgow, for example, or at Wimbledon, or many other places, lay their hands on their heart and deny?
And it’s certainly true and accepted that the best treatment for someone who makes persistent demands, if not the demands, is to ignore them.
So, I don’t mind understanding why John Swain and the SNP-orchestrated chorus of negation are being said about a simple truth.
Yet the spinners of the SNP are in overdrive. The First Minister has much to say about Boris Johnson and Keir Starmer and other politicians, but it seems that a word of criticism cannot be allowed in return.
In fact, Ms. Truss could have said much more.
Alexander McKay, Edinburgh.
Westminster and Scottish funding
I was intrigued to see how police numbers had fallen so rapidly (“Crisis is feared as frontline Scots police numbers are at 14-year low”, August 3).
We see that the Chief Constables are struggling to get financial assistance to increase the numbers. Recruitment can work only when this money comes. What is the answer of SNP? As always, we need funding from the UK government to bail us out
I ask, how can SNPs continue to roll out the ‘independence carpet’, when it is abundantly clear that we cannot even survive without joining hands with Westminster?
Liz Truss has the right idea to ignore our First Minister. It was only a matter of time that a much larger population adopted the same approach.
Neil Stewart, Balfron.
Sturgeon’s Magic Vanishing Act
Longnidry’s Mike Wilson (letter, 3 August) appears to be one of those Nationalist Party heists who dutifully follows their leader’s line and, sadly, has been brainwashed into merging the SNP and Scotland.
Her claim that Liz Truss has targeted humiliation and disrespect in Scotland and all Scots is clearly untrue, her precise remarks are aimed not at our country, but only at Nicola Sturgeon.
In fact, reading her description of someone who “clearly loves the limelight, adores the hordes of photographers lying in wait” and “an ardent attention-seeker who loves to stand in the spotlight and make her own… loves nothing more than blowing her own trumpet” – I did the fact that he was referring to Ms. Sturgeon herself.
Her focus on prioritizing selfies and press appearances is second to none, only to disappear entirely from public view when she is confronted with drug deaths, long overdue and over-budgeted woes, NHS wait times Rise in, face any strange question about endless road and rail failures. , and falling education standards.
Robin McNaught, Bridge of Wear.
Rescue Scotland from this mud
I saw a headline about Nancy Pelosi – “Pelosi Stands Up to a Bully. good for her” on her trip to Taiwan, and thought of that when I heard Brandon Lewis on Radio 4 yesterday morning. He attacked Scotland on health and education, without evidence, and without correction or balance by the BBC .
“Start as you wanted to proceed” should apply to a predictable Liz Truss premiership, but her “playing in the gallery” and her lack of diplomatic skills cast doubt on her ability.
I agree with Ian McWirter that we should prepare for an early election (yes, another one), because neither Tory candidate has any plausible plan for the problems we face, which will get worse over time.
If Labor wins, we are told they will rule without a majority, daring the SNP to support them in parliamentary votes. This is a puzzle, as poker involves more than one player.
Why wouldn’t the SNP just amend the Labor bill, vote for only that, and leave Labor to either join them or lose? A “mandate game”, as minority ruling dynasties vie for power: watch it on BBC Parliament!
As the UK sinks into the mud, we have years of fractious and uncontrolled politics ahead of us. Get Scotland out of here.
GR Wear, Ochiltree.
Queen of England? really?
While listening to BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, I heard an interview with a Taiwanese politician about the impact of Nancy Pelosi’s visit. The interviewer, Evan Davis, suggested that perhaps it wasn’t such a big deal; After all “she is not the President, not the Pope, not the Queen of England”.
Says it all, really.
Doug Maughan, Dunblane.
please don’t forget the voters
William Wardle (letter, 3 August) claims that the Scottish government is answerable only to itself. Perhaps it has escaped their attention that governments are accountable to the people who elect them.
J Morrow, Glasgow.
Higher education as a right
From time to time the Scottish government is under pressure to charge undergraduate fees.
The implication is that Scotland is unusual in treating higher education as a right rather than a privilege.
In fact, most of Northern Europe offers university education for free or at a nominal fee. Some – for example, Norway – still offer substantial student grants.
It is England that is out of line in troubling its fresh graduates with thousands of pounds of debt.
In a civilized society education, such as health care, should be provided free of cost to those who are able to take advantage of it.
It shouldn’t be on sale only to those who can pay.
Mary MCCABE, Glasgow.
mischievous attack on truss
I don’t write as a conservative voter, but I have to admit to being upset by some of the attacks on Liz Truss. At their worst they certainly amount to misogyny.
It’s not just the inappropriate use of descriptions like ‘bonkers’. Many of the truss-related labels in recent weeks don’t apply to the craze, let alone any male candidate.
What is it about powerful women who are so sure of their opinions (as Truss certainly is) that makes people so apprehensive? Have we learned nothing from the long and revolutionary regime of Margaret Thatcher, a powerful woman who certainly knew her mind?
A Duncan, Glasgow.