By Daily Mail Comment
For the 15th time in her reign, the Queen yesterday invited a new Prime Minister to assume control of her Government.
Over 70 years she has risen above the sound, fury and petty rivalries of political life to ensure the smooth transition of power.
The so-called ‘kissing of hands’ may be a ritual. But in its longevity and symbolism, it is also a powerful advertisement for the strength of our constitutional monarchy.
For Liz Truss, it marks the beginning of a daunting challenge – to guide the country through the worst cost of living crisis in nearly half a century.
There are many other onerous tests ahead, but this is by far the most pressing.
In Downing Street, Miss Truss made clear that she understood the urgency of the situation. Channelling the wartime spirit of Winston Churchill, she promised: ‘Action this day… and action every day.’
If the Tories are to stay in power at the next general election, she hasn’t a second to waste in improving people’s lives.
For the 15th time in her reign, the Queen yesterday invited a new Prime Minister to assume control of her Government. Over 70 years she has risen above the sound, fury and petty rivalries of political life to ensure the smooth transition of power
By vowing to cut taxes and slash red tape, she aims to get Britain ‘working, building and growing’ better. To help protect families from ruinous energy costs, bills will be frozen at about £2,500 for two winters.
This radical, if distinctly unTory, intervention will, it’s true, worsen Britain’s already horrendous debt mountain.
But it promises to spare millions from penury at a fraction of the sum spent on bank bailouts after the financial crash.
This crisis is, lest we forget, global, caused by the aftermath of Covid and exacerbated by Putin’s evil invasion of Ukraine.
Yet throughout our history, determined and courageous Britain has survived much more intimidating ordeals than this economic chaos. As Miss Truss rightly says: ‘Together we can ride out this storm.’
By vowing to cut taxes and slash red tape, she aims to get Britain ‘working, building and growing’ better. To help protect families from ruinous energy costs, bills will be frozen at about £2,500 for two winters
So was it goodbye – or merely auf wiedersehen. In a typically eloquent and effortlessly witty address, Boris Johnson bade farewell to Downing Street yesterday.
But in likening himself to the Roman statesman Cincinnatus, he gave a cryptic clue that his departure from high politics may not be permanent.
Cincinnatus famously retired to his farm after a distinguished career, only to be twice dragged back from his plough by the senate to rescue Rome from existential crisis.
It is an allusion Mr Johnson has used before and may of course be no more than a tease. But who knows? With Boris we have learned never to say never.
So was it goodbye – or merely auf wiedersehen. In a typically eloquent and effortlessly witty address, Boris Johnson bade farewell to Downing Street yesterday
When he took over as BBC director-general two years ago, Tim Davie was on a mission to restore battered trust in the corporation’s impartiality.
In his inaugural speech, he told staff: ‘If you want to be an opinionated columnist or a partisan campaigner on social media then that is a valid choice. But you should not be working at the BBC.’
How quickly that reforming zeal has evaporated. Like his predecessors, Mr Davie has become indoctrinated into the BBC’s complacent liberal-Left culture.
Before a Parliamentary committee, he defended both the ‘comedian’ Joe Lycett, who mocked new PM Liz Truss on a flagship news programme, and football pundit Gary Lineker, who routinely uses Twitter as a vehicle for his woke political views.
By condoning their actions, Mr Davie sends out a message to all employees that fairness and balance don’t matter. As long as you’re anti-Tory, you can say what you like.
If this was a private company, fine. People could decide whether to subscribe. But this is our national broadcaster, funded by the equivalent of a compulsory poll tax.
It is obliged by charter to be even-handed. Sadly, it’s little more than an anti-Tory echo chamber.
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