DAILY MAIL COMMENT: Stop the plotting and unite behind the PM
At the beginning of the week, the Government found itself engulfed in a crisis entirely of its own making.
Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-Budget bombed. Civil war then broke out within the Conservative Party when the Chancellor was forced into a humiliating U-turn over his proposed scrapping of the 45p tax rate.
Small wonder that Labour surged to a commanding 33-point lead in the polls.
But since then, the storm appears to have settled – or at least for the time being.
Liz Truss’s make-or-break conference speech – in which she took aim at an ‘anti-growth coalition’ of Labour, militant unions and selfish eco-activists which is holding the country back – was largely well received. Markets have recovered. Dissenters, for now, have been stilled.
Liz Truss’s make-or-break conference speech – in which she took aim at an ‘anti-growth coalition’ of Labour, militant unions and selfish eco-activists which is holding the country back – was largely well received
Meanwhile, on the international front, the Prime Minister demonstrated deft diplomacy during her trip to Prague on Thursday where she and Emmanuel Macron agreed to step up efforts to smash the evil gangs enabling the Channel crossings.
There are grounds, too, for optimism over the troublesome Northern Ireland Protocol, with the previously intransigent Irish government indicating it might finally be willing to seek a compromise.
With these positives in mind, there is no reason to believe that when Parliament returns from recess on Tuesday, Miss Truss cannot recapture the cavalier spirit of her leadership campaign and get back to her bold, tax-cutting economic agenda.
Given the terrifying alternative which awaits the country come the next election, Tory MPs must be duty bound to put away their squabbles and unite behind her.
Conspiring and plotting around the tea rooms of Westminster might seem like fun and games to some Conservative backbenchers. But a Keir Starmer-led socialist government (perhaps propped up by the SNP, the Lib Dems and other assorted leftists) will be no laughing matter.
For years, this paper has warned of the ticking time bomb of lifestyle-linked diabetes.
The terrifying rise in people developing type 2 diabetes has put millions at increased risk of heart disease, sight loss and amputation – as well as adding further strain on our already stretched health service.
So news that the NHS plans to roll out a ground-breaking diet using low-calorie soups and shakes – which could put as many as 25,000 cases a year into remission – looks like a potential game changer.
Such an exciting breakthrough represents a huge triumph for British researchers who have shown gumption in tackling an affliction once thought irreversible.
As vaccines hero Kate Bingham shows in her memoirs we publish in the Daily Mail today, our world-leading experts really are capable of miracles.
Don’t abuse power
The National Grid’s dire warning of blackouts seems far-fetched, or at the very least, premature. But it’s obvious that as the days shorten and the cold weather begins to bite, we need to be doing all we can to keep our energy usage to a minimum.
Which is why there is no harm in the Government encouraging families to identify energy saving ideas to keep bills low. The Tories have already promised billions in support so households can afford to keep the lights on this winter. It’s only right the public are encouraged to do their bit too.
The National Grid’s dire warning of blackouts seems far-fetched, or at the very least, premature. But it’s obvious that as the days shorten and the cold weather begins to bite, we need to be doing all we can to keep our energy usage to a minimum
- Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman rightly gained praise for helping to broker the release of British hostages in Russia-controlled Ukraine. But doesn’t his decision to join Vladimir Putin in cutting oil production to keep global prices high demonstrate that this barbaric kingdom remains as self-interested as ever?
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