Is it so hard for Liz Truss to apologise?

Liz Truss, the prime minister who couldn’t outlive a head of lettuce, has written a travel piece for The Telegraph reflecting on her 49-day trip to Number 10 Downing Street.

Not quite the holiday she was expecting…

In the 4000-word spiel, Truss attempts to reignite her political career by reflecting on lessons learned and mistakes made during her time in office. The essay is full of self-aware comments such as “in hindsight”, “knowing what I know now”, and “not claiming to be blameless… BUT…”.

Yep, I am joking. I wouldn’t call this essay a cognisant reflection on what she would have done differently so much as a safeguarding attempt to revive her reputation. Instead, Truss claims that she “was not given a realistic chance to enact my policies” and “the government became a useful scapegoat for problems” – phrases that drowned the word count.  

With the vague acknowledgements that her time in Number 10 was not perfect, Truss fills her essay, signposting every external event that led to the perfect storm devastating the British economy. From ‘The markets’ to ‘a lack of political support’, to Joe Biden… 

Not knowing the ex-PM personally but having spent 4000 words with her, I would assume she is a ‘glass half empty’ kind of gal.

Truss backed her £45bn package of tax cuts throughout the essay (despite blitzing the pound to a record low), implying that had everything and everyone not been against her, her plans would have succeeded in reigniting the UK economy. 

Even Sturgeon views the comeback as a tad “attention seeking” but also admits that she did not make it through the 4000-word piece (lucky for some). 

The impact of Truss’ decisions will still be felt in many homes across the country, and thus, after investing 4000 words in hearing her out, a simple “sorry” might have done some good. Unfortunately, Truss spent the word count defending her ideas, blaming the disaster on a lack of political support, and rattling on about economic jargon that the public will never care to understand. 

What Truss missed out of her essay was a simple apology.

Image Credit: “Liz Truss Trade Talks with Australia” by UK Prime Minister is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.