Truss ‘betrayed conservatism’ by being ‘laziest caricature’ of Tory

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Liz Truss has been accused of “betraying conservatism” by adopting the “laziest Left-wing caricatures of Toryism” as her “roadmap”. Less than a month into the role, some commentators are suggesting the Prime Minister could already be leading her party towards defeat.

The former Liberal Democrat is likely hoping her party’s conference will help to cover over cracks which have appeared in her first weeks as office.

But some are suggesting the Prime Minister’s troubles lie deeper than her response to the fast-paced issues of the day.

UnHerd Foreign Affairs Editor Aris Roussinos has argued is it Ms Truss’s vision – or lack thereof – that is pushing the Conservative Party towards electoral defeat.

He described the Tory leader as “a career politician who seems to view the laziest Left-wing caricatures of Toryism as a political roadmap: a pure zealot of unrestrained capital with no vision of the good beyond libertarian think tank pamphlets and a burning faith in the might and power of the market’s invisible hand”.

This line echoes that of Brexiteer and trade unionist Paul Embery who last week argued the Prime Minister was “listening to” free market groups like the Institute for Economic Affairs rather than social conservative commentators like Nick Timothy.

He added that, having done this, the party has “alienated their new electoral constituency”.

Mr Embery’s comments followed the publication of data which suggested the Tory party has moved further from its base since 2019.

Analysis by the Financial Times suggested that Tory voters are typically more left wing when it comes to economics and more traditional regarding social values.

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It added that since the 2019 election, after which Boris Johnson thanked so-called ‘Red Wall’ voters for lending the Tory party their support, the Tories have moved further away from their voters, becoming more right wing economically and more progressive regarding social values.

Even before this shift, the parliamentary party was some distance from its voter base, according to the FT research.

Mr Roussinos commented: “The Conservatives were elected on a simple mandate to reform Britain’s failing economic model and slash our current, record-high levels of immigration; instead, Truss is doubling down on both.”

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The Prime Minister is considering further loosening immigration rules in an attempt to boost the economy, according to reports.

A Number 10 source told the Sun: “We need to put measures in place so that we have the right skills that the economy, including the rural economy, needs to stimulate growth.

“That will involve increasing numbers in some areas and decreasing in others. As the Prime Minister has made clear, we also want to see people who are economically inactive get back into work.”

Any such plan would likely prompt anger across many areas of the UK, with voters repeatedly expressing their frustration over years of high immigration numbers into the country.

Brexit is argued to have become a byword for immigration in the run-up to the 2016 vote, pointing to the salience of the topic.

Writing on her first weeks in power, Mr Roussinos concluded that “in choosing Truss, the Conservative Party chose to make the Tory case for Labour”.

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