The Daily Telegraph

How much longer can the Government continue with a Prime Minister who isn’t in charge?

- Sheffield, South Yorkshire

SIR – The Conservati­ve Party’s behaviour (which I hesitate to describe as “running the country”) is degenerati­ng into farce. If it’s not too late already, there’s only a short window of opportunit­y to stop the rot.

It was clear enough that Liz Truss would be a disaster, and the circus that’s taken place since her appointmen­t has revealed deep divisions within the party – to the extent that I really haven’t a clue what many Tory MPS stand for.

Ms Truss has to go, and quickly. If the party can find someone brave enough to take on the poisoned chalice, they’d better be more credible – though the shambles of the past few months will be hard to move on from.

What a shocking state of affairs, given the mandate presented to the Tories at the last election.

NH Bailey

Stockport, Cheshire

SIR – Anthony Haslam (Letters, October 17) thinks “it would be political suicide to try to remove the Prime

Minister”. It will be political suicide if she is not removed.

Jim Morrow


SIR – I have been a fervent supporter of Liz Truss, and viewed the mini-budget as a long-overdue attempt to return the Conservati­ves to a pro-business, free-market, low-tax agenda. But it is now clear that the markets, a majority of Tory MPS and the wider electorate want Britain to continue with the social-democratic economic model adopted by Boris Johnson.

It therefore pains me to say that I agree with Kim Potter (Letters, October 17) that the party should coalesce around Rishi Sunak and ask Ms Truss to stand aside. Despite huge poll leads, Labour is yet to seal the deal with voters, and Mr Sunak might be the only person capable of achieving an against-the-odds election victory. Philip Duly

Haslemere, Surrey

SIR – Only one U-turn remains for the

Prime Minister to complete the set: a return to the Liberal Democrats. Sooner rather than later, I hope. Christophe­r A Martyn

Fleet, Hampshire

SIR – Skewered by her own Chancellor and opposed by a majority of so-called Conservati­ve MPS – who appear to prefer the status quo to growth – the Prime Minister has no future.

Indeed, if Labour wins the next election with the help of the Lib Dems, who will demand proportion­al representa­tion, the Tories will be unlikely to be able to form a government again for many years. Charles Pasternak

London SW7

SIR – The Tories’ travails stem from their inability to accept a democratic decision. Whether that decision is on Brexit, budgets, manifestos or leaders, the individual tribes within the parliament­ary party continue to fight for dominance. Their infighting has made them and this country a laughing stock. Sadly, when they lose the next election, they still won’t see the irony. Tim M Jones

Bracknell, Berkshire

SIR – Conservati­ve vetting criteria for parliament­ary candidates have clearly changed since the 1970s, when I was approved. This explains how so many with little experience of elected service or even canvassing have got through. Those with “Right-wing” views have been passed over, as have free thinkers – and it shows in the quality of Conservati­ve MPS.

John Pritchard

Ingateston­e, Essex

SIR – Conservati­ve Party members are being blamed for choosing Liz Truss. And now MPS want to take away their power to select their leader. Yet polls showed that what they really wanted was a choice between Penny Mordaunt and Kemi Badenoch. Would things now be worse if MPS had allowed this? Francis Elliot-wright

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