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The actions of a future leader?
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userCurtainRaiser
Posted: 2 January 2022 12:52 PM
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Liz Truss overruled officials to demand £1,400 lunch at Tory donor's gentleman's club in Mayfair, officials warned 5 Hertford St was "incredibly expensive", But per emails, she "refused to consider anywhere else" and "explicitly" rejected alternatives.

Truss has used 5 Hertford St to host "Fizz with Liz" drinks with Tory MPs. Officials warned venue too expensive and political for meal with diplomat. Even renegotiated price was hundreds of pounds more than proposed alternative, Quo Vadis

But she deemed latter "inappropriate"

https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/liz-truss-wants-to-lunch-and-only-a-tory-donors-place-will-do-z0gq8pknc
userBarryd999
Posted: 2 January 2022 1:32 PM
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You have to wonder how one so dim seems to be the most talked about in the media as Johnsons successor. Then again, perhaps her appointment will be decided by our huge media moguls and this is exactly the sort of puppet they want in number 10. She is a whether vain and thick as mince so will be easy to manipulate.
userBulletguy
Posted: 2 January 2022 1:44 PM
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Whilst Johnson has rammed most of the nails into the Tory coffin, Truss will finish it off.
userBarryd999
Posted: 2 January 2022 2:28 PM
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Bulletguy - 2022-01-02 1:44 PM


Whilst Johnson has rammed most of the nails into the Tory coffin, Truss will finish it off.


Well we live in hope. Its hard to imagine she will be popular with the chest thumping gammons though. She is a woman for a start and not one cut from the same cloth as Maggie and she was an active remainer believe it or not but then again Rishi who is the logical sensible choice out of a bad bunch is Asian and they would hate that even more probably. He is also less likely puppet material.

Edited by Barryd999 2022-01-02 2:29 PM
userCurtainRaiser
Posted: 2 January 2022 11:28 PM
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So Liz Truss has time to debate with Civil Servants whether £135 bottles of wine for a lunch are acceptable but doesn’t have time to do anything to try and get Nazanin Ratcliffe released? A travesty of justice and a stain on British politics.
userJohn52
Posted: 3 January 2022 5:12 AM
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Meanwhile we have kids falling asleep in school because they have no bed,
mum moving their only lightbulb from room to room
https://www.theguardian.com/society/2022/jan/02/leeds-bed-poverty-crisis-bex-wilson-zarach
userCurtainRaiser
Posted: 3 January 2022 5:30 PM
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"A woman must lunch somewhere. When the prime minister told Liz Truss to examine every road post Brexit, her thoughts naturally turned to Mayfair and Hertford Street. Perhaps that nice caff at No 5. We are after all lunching with that nice American trade envoy, Katherine Tai. Perhaps two measures of dry gin; two bottles of Pazo Barrantes Albariño, a Spanish white wine, costing a total of £153; and three bottles of the French red Coudoulet de Beaucastel, costing a total of £130. Perhaps a £3,000 bill.

Besides, the proprietor of 5 Hertford Street is Robin Birley, half-brother to Boris Johnson’s mate Zac Goldsmith, and buddy of Michael Gove and David Cameron. And he tipped Johnson 20 grand for his “leadership” campaign, wherever that went.

Surely such generosity calls for a kindly nod and wink. 5 Hertford Street posted substantial losses last year, so the money might come in handy. Birley even halved the bill if it could be paid straight away. The office wants Truss to slum it in Soho. She hits the roof. Who wins trade deals in Soho? Besides, this is one for Birley.

The joy of British corruption is that there are no crude brown envelopes stuffed with notes. Money is never seen changing hands. Negotiation is via a pat on the shoulder, a placement at a dinner, a nod at the tennis net. There need not be a direct quid pro, but favours can flow both ways: a party donation, a contract, a planning refusal overturned, all rounded off with the knighthood or peerage.

The British like to pretend their political culture is pure, but benign terms have been used to mask questionable interactions. In times past, the Metropolitan police vehicle for the receipt of informal benefit was the “police benevolent fund”. It was the stuff of legend and occasional comedy. Now, at a time of wild budgetary spending, every dodgy oddball is crowding round the pig trough. Goodness knows what antics will be revealed, if ever, from the proposed inquiry into the pandemic. It should be standing room only at the Old Bailey.

The strangest transactions seem to revolve around politicians striving to live up to the dignity of their office, be it flat decorations, country houses or foreign holidays. Lunch at 5 Hertford Street is a classic. Turn to a party donor; at least he could host a good lunch.

Truss’s civil servants saw the danger a mile off and steered her towards a more modest watering hole. She would have none of it. It went to her permanent secretary, who let it through, but he is clearly a mouse not a man. Should it now go to the cohort of Whitehall standards scrutineers? If so they must be worked off their feet, with every self-respecting property developer or drug manufacturer feeling they are carrying the weight of the Tory party on their shoulders.

Perhaps the best discipline is daylight. Lunch at 5 Hertford Street is hardly a hanging crime. It rather indicates a general casualness towards public funds and relationships; an attitude of mind. Johnson was very nice to Truss. She returns the favour by shamelessly going on manoeuvres to replace him. Now she is currying favour with his friends. Is that who we want as a future prime minister?"

Simon Jenkins

Edited by CurtainRaiser 2022-01-03 5:30 PM
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