Have you ever had that recurring nightmare where you have to sit a vitally important exam but you don’t know any of the answers? That nightmare was Liz Truss’s morning, as eight local BBC radio hosts took turns tearing chunks out of the new prime minister over the devastation her short tenure has wrought on the UK economy. And now you can listen to them all in one place.
Nearly a week after the so-called “mini budget” announced by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, which overwhelmingly benefited the richest in society during a cost of living crisis and gave barely pennies to the poorest, Truss has been conspicuous in her absence.
The pound fell to its lowest ever value against the dollar, mortgage providers warned of rocketing rates and plummeting house prices, and the Bank of England stepped in with £65 billion in spending to stabilise the economy, all while Truss stayed silent and hidden. Until today.
“Where have you been?” was BBC Radio Leeds presenter Rima Ahmed’s first question as Truss began an hour of interviews with stations across the country.
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The long pause and floundering response which followed would be a hallmark of the series of interviews now available to listen to collectively on the BBC website.