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The lesson of Boris Johnson’s downfall is that prime ministers must do what they promise


SIR – Tim Stanley suggests Remainers are responsibl­e for Boris Johnson’s downfall (“Boris’s haters have destroyed British politics”, Comment, September 5).

The only person to blame is Mr Johnson himself. Had he delivered on the manifesto pledges of 2019, he would still be in office.

Once in No10, he became a green Liberal Democrat.

Philip Hall

Petersfiel­d, Hampshire

SIR – It was sad watching Boris Johnson leave Downing Street after a splendid farewell speech. He delivered Brexit and won the 2019 general election.

Britain was lucky to have had him as prime minister. I wish him well. Dominic Shelmerdin­e

London SW3

SIR – At last, after a torturous few weeks, we have a new Prime Minister.

Conservati­ve MPS have removed a democratic­ally elected leader all by themselves, without the Labour Party having to do anything. If that is not bad enough, the new Prime Minister was chosen by the Conservati­ve Party membership.

The Conservati­ves have behaved disgracefu­lly at a time when this country needs to pull together.

Sara Bastin

Stroud, Gloucester­shire

SIR – Of the approximat­ely 59.6million people in this country, fewer than 82,000 (all Conservati­ve Party members) have chosen Liz Truss to be our next Prime Minister.

Democracy in action.

Neil Willett

Ashford, Kent

SIR – Every radio news item in the past 48 hours has parroted the phrase: “The fourth Conservati­ve PM in the past six years.”

It would be equally true, and more correct, to say there have been three Conservati­ve PMS in the past 12 years, but that would not reinforce the desire to portray dither and disarray.

Sir James Dutton

Sherborne, Dorset

SIR – Boris Johnson departs showered with praise from many quarters. We have a trusty adage in our culture: give credit where it is due. But what about the reverse?

A premier departing with such praise and affection usually leaves behind a country in very fine fettle. Ours is a complete fiasco.

It was not the Tooth Fairy who did this. It derives from one catastroph­ic judgment after another. Since the triumphant 2019 general election his government got everything wrong – excepting only its support for Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

Joviality alone is not enough – or certainly should not be. We shall all be suffering for years from the record of the beaming bungler.

Frederick Forsyth

Beaconsfie­ld, Buckingham­shire

SIR – At least Boris Johnson will be more interestin­g and worth listening to in his retirement than Sir John Major or Sir Tony Blair.

John May Arkesden, Essex

SIR – Boris Johnson compared himself to a booster rocket in his farewell speech. They are usually repatriate­d after a space launch and used again later. Sounds like he will be back. Roger Foord

Chorleywoo­d, Hertfordsh­ire

SIR – Liz Truss would do well to remind Boris Johnson of Clement Attlee’s words to Harold Laski: “I can assure you there is widespread resentment in the party at your activities and a period of silence on your part would be welcome.”

Francis Bown London E3

SIR – During the tenure of the last prime minister I was frequently incensed by his endless photo ops.

On an almost daily basis he was cuddling babies or puppies, visiting a factory or meeting people during visits to town centres.

I asked myself, how did he find time to run the country? It would have been nice to think he occasional­ly sat behind a desk in Downing Street reading briefing documents.

I can only hope that our new PM spends more time attending to affairs of state than parading in public. We shall soon see.

Chris Mitchell


SIR – Liz Truss will make Britain great again.

Rene Schurtenbe­rger

Seer Green, Buckingham­shire

SIR – Congratula­tions to Liz Truss on being the third female prime minister and the first ever to have attended a comprehens­ive school.

Roundhay School in Leeds will be proud to know that in the late 1980s it taught a future prime minister who then went on to study at the University of Oxford. This was at a time when local authoritie­s and schools were working hard to bring more equality in education for minorities and girls.

It is admirable that Ms Truss has done so well and that her Cabinet will include a number of MPS from ethnic minorities.

Professor Sally Tomlinson Willersey, Gloucester­shire

SIR – The People’s Party of Islington (Letters, September 6) cannot even agree on the definition of a woman, let alone elect one as its leader.

Peter Rosie

Ringwood, Hampshire

SIR – It is the first time since 1827 that both the British monarch and the prime minister have had the same Christian name.

The last time was when George IV was king and George Canning was prime minister for five months during that year.

Dave Bassett


SIR – Liz Truss voted for the third lockdown. I will never vote for her. Mark Macauley

Warminster, Wiltshire

SIR – Please can Liz Truss find another word for “deliver”? Deliver applies to the post and babies.

Charles Foster

Chalfont St Peter, Buckingham­shire

SIR – If Liz Truss wants to “deliver, deliver, deliver”, then one of her first priorities must be to remove unelected, obstructiv­e civil servants who hamper implementi­ng policies that do not match their Left-wing ideology.

Sandy Pratt

Storringto­n, West Sussex

SIR – Unless our new Prime Minister treats it as one of her priorities to put an effective brake on illegal immigratio­n, she may soon find she has a burgeoning problem on her hands that few would have anticipate­d when Brexit so firmly promised a return to the protection of our sovereignt­y.

Colin Drury

Dinas Powys, Glamorgan

SIR – Edmund Burke wrote: “The public interest requires doing today those things that men of intelligen­ce and goodwill would wish, five or 10 years hence, had been done.”

We need some of those now in Government to begin thinking in this way.

Garfield Hollett

Canterbury, Kent

SIR – Plans being considered by Liz Truss to cap domestic energy bills at somewhere near the current level for a long period (report, September 6) would cost an eye-watering amount – probably enough to pay for five new nuclear power stations.

Germany has considered a less expensive option, which would effectivel­y focus on basic needs and would not subsidise rich or profligate energy users. In this proposal all consumers would be entitled to a standard amount of energy at a cheap rate, with usage above that charged at nearer the market rate.

While this is potentiall­y complex to administer, it addresses the need to make sure no one freezes but does not bankrupt the country.

I commend it to Liz Truss.

Jos Binns

Camerton, Somerset

SIR – It’s not surprising that there is overwhelmi­ng support for a freeze on energy prices, but this policy would give the impression that we can all carry on as normal.

Energy policy must not just be about how to source it more cheaply but also about how to reduce our use. This should be implemente­d with a decoupling of the renewable energy generation price from that of gas, and a cap on the cost of gas being extracted from our coastal waters.

It should be remembered that any freeze is only a deferral of payment. David Richmond


SIR – Though now long retired, I served as a middling-grade civil servant in the Department of Energy from 1974 to 1983. This encompasse­d both Conservati­ve and Labour administra­tions.

If during my tenure any of those administra­tions ever gave serious considerat­ion to a fully coordinate­d, long-term energy policy, then evidence of it surely passed me by. And now we are where we are.

Alan Rayner

Godalming, Surrey

SIR – Like David Macdonald (Letters, September 6), I, too, am disillusio­ned with successive government­s’ lack of support for the nuclear industry and those who worked in it.

I was employed for many years by the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority. The bulk of this was hastily privatised in 1996 and the staff in the new company, AEA Technology, were promised that their pensions would be a mirror image of their previous ones. When AEA Technology went into pre-pack administra­tion in 2012, the government quickly reneged on its pension promise.

Given this lack of support for the nuclear industry, I am not in the least surprised that there has been little or no new blood entering the field.

Neil Hancox

Abingdon, Oxfordshir­e

SIR – The first things Liz Truss needs to do are to fire up North Sea oil and gas, and approve coke coal applicatio­ns in Cumbria and South Wales.

Approving what are not mere fuels but also vital industrial feedstocks will add resilience to Britain’s industrial sector. Self-sufficienc­y will be enhanced, and we will see lower prices with bigger domestic supply. The appeal of the governing party will be broadened in Scotland, Wales and the North of England.

John Barstow

Fittlewort­h, West Sussex

SIR – Professor Michael Bradshaw (Letters, September 5) poses arguments against fracking as a means of reducing energy prices.

Fracking should not be pursued for this purpose, but rather as a way of increasing security of supply for both the UK and continenta­l Europe. This is exactly what proponents of the technology have been requesting for at least a decade.

Overrelian­ce on Russian gas and oil has been a clear strategic mistake. Removing the foolish moratorium on fracking is to benefit Europe for the next 10 years – not just to tackle fuel prices in the next six months.

Hamish Mccracken

Newbury, Berkshire

SIR – So much fuss was made about the possible effects of fracking operations that the Government banned the procedure. Now, due to the current energy crisis, it is reconsider­ing the situation, but people are getting agitated about it once again.

Fracking has been taking place in the North Sea to increase oil and gas production since the mid 1980s, and no offshore production platforms have collapsed and no tsunami waves have inundated the east coast of Britain.

Furthermor­e, a large amount of data would have been obtained to document any effects on the sea bed. Why can’t this be used by both sides of the fracking argument to put some real evidence on the table, instead of unfounded prediction­s?

Tim Gibbs

Bideford, Devon

SIR – Given the avalanche of advice about saving energy, one might have thought that Boris Johnson and Liz Truss could have used the same aircraft to fly to Aberdeen to meet the Queen. George Kelly


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‘This is it, folks’: Boris Johnson gives his farewell speech outside 10 Downing Street

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