So Liz Truss has resigned as Prime Minister after only 44 days in office, thus reducing British politics, once noted for its stability and the level headed and respectful was in which political business was conducted to the commedia dell'arte that passes for democratic government in Italy.
It was an ignominious exit even for somebody who, though she had promised little, we expected less but in the end, to paraphrase Elton John: 'she had the grace to throw herself while those around her fall.'
Liz Truss delivers her resignation speech outside Downing Street as her husband looks on
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If we are honest, few people would claim they expected Truss to be a successful Prime Minister and many of us actually predicted she would only be in office for months rather than years. Was it sexism, anti - Conservative prejudice or, pure snobbery that gave people such a negative impression of Truss, you might well ask.
In fact it was none of these things. Liz Truss was the latest in a line of mediocre politicians, big on ambition, light on talent, experience, charisma, communications ability and interpersonal skills to worm their way into political prominence. Yet they do, quite simply they will say or do anything they believe will advance their interests, they will serve any master or often many masters simultaneously.