Metro letters, Feb 7: ‘Perhaps comedy career beckons for Liz Truss?’


Have a look at what our readers are talking about (Picture: Getty/

Britain’s shortest-serving former PM Liz Truss has make a comeback to our readers’ consciousness – but not for a good reason, as usual.

The Tory MP is being likened to cringe comedy character David Brent, played by Ricky Gervais in The Office, for her claim that a left-leaning ‘establishment’ sabotaged her premiership – after she and ex-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng trashed the economy.

Metro readers are also debating the spending habits of NHS nurses, and claiming that traffic wardens are actually doing motorists a favour.

Read on to see what else contributors are saying…

■ Liz Truss has blamed her party, ‘left-leaning’ economic experts and the City for ruining her premiership (MetroTalk, Mon). Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister also said Tory MPs denied her a realistic chance of success during her 49 days in charge.

Truss is wasted in politics. Her natural talent is comedy. Like Tommy Cooper and the fictional David Brent from The Office, she has that rare comedic ability to appear ridiculous while trying to be serious.

Who else could blame her fall on left-wing financiers while insisting that Britain’s level of cheese imports ‘is a disgrace’? Fantastic. She should follow in the footsteps of Michael Portillo, Ed Balls and Matt Hancock by learning how to sit in trains, dance and eat bugs. Showbiz beckons. Barry Tighe, by email

Former PM Liz Truss is likened to cringe comedy character David Brent (Pictures: PA/BBC)

■ Truss is just a misunderstood genius, apparently. David Cameron and George Osborne gave us austerity, Boris Johnson was a comedian and Rishi Sunak is a manager who can’t manage all the sleaze. If it wasn’t so awful, it would be funny. The problem is we have serious issues to deal with. Enough of this dystopian circus, I say. Vanessa, via email

■ Surely this failed prime minister can’t seriously think she can make a comeback to UK politics. We are suffering – seriously suffering – from her ineptitude. Look at what she did to our mortgage rates alone. And I was a former supporter. Liz, Staplehurst

■ I’m not surprised that Liz Truss is looking to blame absolutely anyone and anything but herself for her downfall as PM. She’s too busy trying to use the ‘woke lefties’ as a scapegoat to cover for her ineptitude and to pretend her poorly thought-out ideas were actually good.

It’s clear that even members of her own party knew how terrible her and her chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s 
plans were, but Truss’s only apparent counterpoint to the warnings and concerns she received is that they were so numerous and overwhelming, she seemingly couldn’t be bothered to take them into account.

She claims to have ‘lost track’ of the number of people who say her plan was the right one but, given her track record, I’d be surprised if this was more than you could count on a single hand – even if she included herself. Matthew, Birmingham

Truss announcing her resignation in October last year (Picture: AFP)

■ I never cease to be amazed by the antics of former leaders who cannot accept the fact they have zero chance of making a political comeback. Once they have left high office, they should move on with their lives.

Liz Truss is a prime example. She obviously remains very bitter that she was ousted from No. 10 and now appears to be seeking revenge. The best thing she can do is seek a therapist who can help her with anger management.

If she wages war on the Conservative Party – already mired in scandal, division and controversy – she risks it losing the next election. Alan Jensen, West Hampstead

■ Some may see Liz Truss’s response to her abject failure as prime minister as astonishingly lacking in self-awareness. But this piece does play into a longer game from the Conservatives, setting themselves against a left-wing establishment. It’s the first round of their election campaign in full force. Neil Dance, Birmingham

■ What planet does Truss live on, blaming everyone but herself for the mess she and her chancellor caused? Mark, West Midlands

■ Nothing wrong with Truss’s plan to lower taxes to fuel growth. This is a great idea. It’s a pity people have not thought about it a bit more. Mark, by email

‘Don’t penalise us commuters… or begrudge nurses a mobile phone!’

■ I totally agree with Matt (MetroTalk, Fri), who wants the government to ban strikes. The country is trying to recover the economy after the pandemic, and these strikers are trying their best to prevent it. RMT union leader Mick Lynch is punishing the commuters who fund the salaries of his workers. Brian, Romford

■ Ann Webster (MetroTalk, Fri) begrudges nurses cars, phones and holidays. She seems to think they should travel to their 12-hour shifts by foot, communicate by carrier pigeon and live vicariously through those who she deems deserving of trips abroad. I’m glad she left the NHS – not an ounce of empathy. Adam, Cambridge

NHS nurses have gone on strike recently over a pay dispute (Picture: Getty)

■ I’d love to know how working in the NHS for 25 years qualifies Ann to know that all nurses have ‘cars and fancy phones’. Perhaps she’d like to see my bus tickets. Liz, by email

■ Regarding Callum’s (MetroTalk, Mon) reply to Ann that smartphones are essential for banking and shopping, I shop at the shops (good exercise rather than sitting at home on a smartphone), I use a bank that values customers as people and I visit the branch (again, good exercise). A smartphone to use for such transactions is a luxury rather than essential. Denise, London

■ Is Ann Webster joking? Nobody goes into nursing to get rich. But neither do we enter the caring profession to be insulted. Nurse SA Smith, London

What you said…

On Monday, we asked you if NHS workers should be charged a lower rate of tax.

You said:

  • Yes (59%) – it’s an acceptable alternative if there’s no pay rises
  • No (35%) – what’s good for other public sector workers is good for them
  • Neither (6%) – I’ll leave a comment

‘Brexit is all done, so go the extra mile’

■ Every day we see or hear a reference to Brexit as the prime cause of the demise of GB Ltd. Mark (MetroTalk, Thu) is a case in point when he says that Brexit has ‘broken this country’. Sadly, Brexit is used an excuse for why GB Ltd is not succeeding in the big, bad world it finds itself in.

Brexit is finished. Get over it and start to make a success of what you have – but most of all, put more effort into what you do.

Is Brexit used as an excuse for lack of economic success? (Picture: Shutterstock)

Ask any small-business owner and entrepreneur how many hours of sleep they lose each week trying to make the business work. You, the worker, need to stand up and be counted to say, ‘I’m giving 100 per cent’.

Behind every great business is a great workforce. More than ever, your country needs you. Tony B, Thailand

‘Traffic wardens deserve thanks, not mockery’

Traffic wardens are actually doing motorists a favour, some readers say (Picture: Getty)

■ Daz from Doncaster (MetroTalk, Mon) says that a strike by traffic wardens would make ‘all the drivers in this country happy for a few days’. Rather than suggesting a walkout, I would like to thank them for doing a tough and essential job in deterring mostly selfish and ignorant parkers. Red, Ruislip

■ Daz asks whether traffic wardens get bonuses based on the number of tickets they issue. I say that the best way to stop any bonuses is simply to park correctly. Tony, Tipton

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