PM Truss’s first test – the energy cost crisis

PM Truss’s first test – the energy cost crisis

An early U-Turn? The screen grab above is from the front page of the Times and sets out neatly the very big decision that the new PM will have to take when she takes over early next month. Starmer has put forward his freeze bills plan and YouGov polling appears to show that this is resonating with voters. That three in four CON voters want to do what Starmer is suggesting make this a tricky one for Truss. The big…

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Are you a one hole or two hole person?

Are you a one hole or two hole person?

I have been utterly mesmerised by this polling from YouGov, straws have one big hole, not two and I’m astonished that 46% of the country either disagree or do not know. Look, we all agree that one doughnut has but one doughnut hole, the same principle applies to straws, like Highlander, there can only be one. TSE

It’s the energy cap, stupid

It’s the energy cap, stupid

My prediction for the popularity of Liz Truss and her government is closely tied to the where the price cap ends up this winter. If Truss sticks to her rhetoric of no handouts then there’s no floor to the government’s unpopularity. With Vladimir Putin set to punish the West for standing up against his war of aggression against Ukraine by messing about with Europe’s energy supply I’d expect the price cap to go well north of £5,000 and willing to…

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How’s Truss going to do against Starmer and vice versa?

How’s Truss going to do against Starmer and vice versa?

The most interesting aspect of UK politics over the next few months will be seeing how the new Tory leader and Prime Minister, Liz Truss, does against Keir Starmer and vice versa. Their first PMQs is going to be a must watch. One thing is clear is that the Tory leadership contest has really helped Truss who has become far more confident and a better communicator than she was at the start of the campaign. A problem might be that…

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Trump down in the WH2024 betting after the Mar-a Lago raid

Trump down in the WH2024 betting after the Mar-a Lago raid

The huge news in American politics this week has of course been the raid by FBI agents on Donald Trump’s home in Florida. It is being suggested that they were looking for nuclear codes in the residence and other linked data that Trump acquired when he was President. If this is case it would be in breach of strong legal rules about these being removed from the White House. It will also raise a lot of questions about why he…

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Today’s front pages with a taste of what the new PM will face

Today’s front pages with a taste of what the new PM will face

Perhaps the most worrying for the Tories is the Mail on the NHS and its question on the linkage to the tax hike. If that is the start of a campaign it could cause real political damage. I still think that Truss, if indeed it is her, will get a boost when she arrives at Number 10 if only because Johnson is out of the way. He’s been a big drag on the party ever since the revelations emerged of…

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Powerful from Beto O’Rourke

Powerful from Beto O’Rourke

Beto, who came to prominence in the 2018 midterms, is running for the Governorship of Texas and I just wonder if he could go for the White House at the 2024 elections. I’ve just put £20 on him for the Democrat nomination WH2024 nomination at180/1 with Betfair. There’s no doubt that he’s getting a lot of coverage with the above incident. Mike Smithson