ANDREW PIERCE: Why you can trust Liz Truss's experience

ANDREW PIERCE: Why you can trust Liz Truss’s experience

Should Liz Truss be confirmed as PM today, she will be the most experienced incoming occupant of No 10 since John Major in 1990.

Truss’s impressive record of holding five Cabinet posts over eight years bears comparison with Major, who was Foreign Secretary, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Chancellor before replacing Mrs Thatcher.

In comparison, Theresa May (Home Secretary for six years) and Gordon Brown (Chancellor for ten) held just one Cabinet post apiece before they took the reins of power, as did Boris Johnson, who was Foreign Secretary for two years. Meanwhile, Tony Blair and David Cameron were never government ministers before taking the top job.

Truss’s impressive record of holding five Cabinet posts over eight years bears comparison with Major, who was Foreign Secretary, Chief Secretary to the Treasury and Chancellor before replacing Mrs Thatcher

But Truss shouldn’t rest on her laurels in her new role — and no one understands this better than Sir Anthony Seldon, who has written biographies of seven PMs.

He says: ‘Nothing in life prepares incomers for No 10 . . . No one, not even Truss, knows how she will perform in office. All we know is that the inheritance is bloody.’

Writing in the New Statesman, Seldon says she should learn from Boris, who was fatally damaged by his personal failings.

‘Truss needs to rebuild trust . . . She has shown a past willingness to admit errors, but once in No 10, the advice will be never to apologise. She will be a lesser Prime Minister if she heeds that advice.’

Was that Rishi Sunak’s swansong on the Laura Kuenssberg show on BBC TV yesterday?

The Labour MP Jess Phillips thinks so: ‘There is no doubt in anyone’s mind that he will stand down and head back on a fancy plane to California before the rest of the country can say blackout.’

 Just call me Michael Groove

A conspicuous absentee from the Truss ministerial team will be Cabinet veteran Michael Gove, who served under Cameron, May and Boris.

Holidaying in Ibiza last week, Gove was pictured in an unbuttoned shirt pouring himself a drink in the Ushuaia nightclub.

Naturally, his partying antics have once again been the subject of a frenetic online chat, as they were after his dance moves — or lack of them — were caught on video in a nightclub in Aberdeen

Holidaying in Ibiza last week, Gove was pictured in an unbuttoned shirt pouring himself a drink in the Ushuaia nightclub

Naturally, his partying antics have once again been the subject of a frenetic online chat, as they were after his dance moves — or lack of them — were caught on video in a nightclub in Aberdeen.

‘My technique was even compared with Finnish PM Sanna Marin — not entirely favourably,’ he wrote in The Spectator. ‘But still, it was flattering to be mentioned in the same breath.’

One former Foreign Secretary, Lord Owen (1977-79), had words of warning for those in Parliament refusing to take our leader-in-waiting seriously. ‘It will be a terrible mistake to underestimate Liz Truss,’ he tells me. ‘I made that mistake with Margaret Thatcher. When I was Foreign Secretary and she was Leader of the Opposition she came to see me to talk about Africa. I thought she was an absolute lightweight. I couldn’t have been more wrong. I will not make that mistake with Liz Truss.’

If Liz Truss triumphs today, Tory backbencher Michael Fabricant knows why Sunak lost the race. ‘Boris is popular among Conservative members. Rishi is seen as the planner and organiser of his downfall, plotting for months against him.’ And slippery Sunak never warned Boris he was quitting as Chancellor. The PM first heard it on the news.

The BBC isn’t sparing any expense now that Eurovision 2023 has fallen into its lap.

Jobs are being advertised for two managing directors for the event, with salaries upwards of £100,000

Jobs are being advertised for two managing directors for the event, with salaries upwards of £100,000 even though the roles last less than a year — from September to June.

Meanwhile, the BBC News channel is axing staff to save money. 

Sturgeon a model of delusion

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took great delight in mocking Liz Truss for apparently seeking advice on how to grace the pages of Vogue magazine.

Truss can have the last laugh.

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon took great delight in mocking Liz Truss for apparently seeking advice on how to grace the pages of Vogue magazine

Apparently Sturgeon was desperate to know in advance of her summer photo spread in the glossy mag if she would make the front cover.

Cue a withering response from Vogue to Sturgeon’s office. ‘She’s not Kate Moss you know . . .’ 

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