Liz Truss has made the toughest decision of her political career and sacked her finance minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, just weeks after he was appointed to the role.
A senior government official explained to CNN that speculation of the Kwarteng’s future, following the economic fallout from his now-infamous mini-budget three weeks ago, had become a political distraction that didn’t help the country move on.
Whether or not that turns out to be the case remains to be seen.
Kwarteng was much more than a colleague to Truss. The two had become the darlings of the low-tax, free-market Conservative right who saw the resignation of Boris Johnson as a chance to finally install the libertarian, de-regulating government of their dreams.
The government’s tax-cutting mini-budget was as much Truss’s as it was Kwarteng’s. By throwing him under a bus in order to save her premiership, she has also ditched the very economic plan that got her elected as Conservative leader a little over one month ago.
Abandoning her agenda and sacking her ideological ally could lead to Conservative MPs and voters alike wondering: exactly what is the point of Truss?
And Kwarteng, humiliated by one of the biggest rejections from the very free markets he wanted to embrace, is as well-placed as any former cabinet minister now sat on the backbenches, should he want to exact any sort of revenge on the Prime Minister.
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