Live Updates: British Prime Minister Liz Truss sacks Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng


Think for the British Conservative parliament.

The UK’s ruling party was thought to have had a bad time after Boris Johnson’s scandal-hit poll numbers crashed and turned what was once called the natural party of government into an exploding clown car.

But after spending huge amounts of energy this summer ousting a reluctant Johnson, exhausted MPs say his replacement, Liz Truss – just 37 days in the job – is keen to make things worse.

As his meager budget (which proposed unfunded tax cuts, massive government borrowing and tax breaks for energy companies) sent the pound crashing and wider economic chaos, they are facing the harsh reality of being a leader. They think he’s more damaging than Johnson, but he’ll be even harder to replace.

“Even if you think it’s great, we can’t replace it any time soon,” the former cabinet minister and Truss supporter told CNN. “I’m not optimistic about the future, but we have to try to get through this and learn from our mistakes.”

The mistakes mentioned were, most MPs agree, terrible government communications and trying to do too many things too quickly, without adequate funding.

“They committed to big spending, rightly so, to help people with their energy bills, and immediately started talking about tax cuts,” says one senior Conservative. As a result, they don’t even get credit for spending a lot of money. When you announce policies like this, you have to throw the pitch like crazy. Why didn’t they shoot the pitch?”.

Truss may be forced to make a U-turn on Friday and his chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, is fighting to save his job.

Read more about the Conservative Party’s dire mood here.