Tories ‘completely lost’ after Truss tax U-turn, says Alexander Downer

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Alexander Downer said he could see no path to victory for Liz Truss and that she had blown her popularity and upended Conservative credentials by announcing unfunded tax cuts.

Britain’s new prime minister Liz Truss will lead the Tories to a loss because she has turned her back on conservative economics and the party has lost its way, Alexander Downer says.on the sidelines of the Conservative Party conference in Birmingham, Australia’s longest-serving foreign minister said he could see no path to victory for Truss following her humiliating backdown on granting the country’s wealthiest a huge tax cut.

Downer, a former high commissioner to the UK, said Truss had “blown her popularity after three weeks” and shredded her attempts to pose as a “kind-of latter-day Thatcher; a lady who wasn’t for turning”. However, the elevation of Truss into Number 10 showed why Liberal Party members in Australia should never be allowed to choose the leader, Downer said.

“So one of the lessons here is always let the parliamentary party choose the leader because they’re the people who actually know the candidate and know them personally, whereas the membership at large only know them as television personalities. That’s not enough, that doesn’t tell you how they’re going to behave in the future.”

“I was confronted with the proposition more than anybody else in the Howard government, with the proposition [of] should we roll John Howard in the lead-up to the 2007 election.“And I thought the public put him in and the public put him in several times, I don’t think they would have appreciated us just cutting him down.

 

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as always Downer is pro conservative joker who believes in forever tax cut Why do we pay tax? to pay dole healthcare n covid support Schools n hospitals Priv schools r getting $-bils in gov subsidy yet they hate paying tax

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