Unfit for office: not just Truss but the entire Tory Party

Going, going, gone: Liz Truss attempted to defy political reality for a few weeks but the Zombie Prime Minister was forced to quit this afternoon

This afternoon – to no one’s surprise – Liz Truss resigned as leader of the Conservative Party. Provided the Tories are able to organise a leadership election within a week (which is what has been promised but might not be delivered) we shall have a new Prime Minister by next Friday.

In our November edition H&D will report on the shambles that has overtaken the Disunited Kingdom and destroyed the Conservative (but no longer Unionist) Party.

What can be said today as an instant verdict on the Truss era?

The simple answer is that the Conservative Party now represents entirely the wrong sort of ‘right-wing’ ideology, and has long since ceased to be ‘conservative’.

Truss was the candidate of the super-rich; the “citizens of nowhere”, as her predecessor Theresa May once put it. While wrapping themselves in the flag and making bold statements about immigration, the truth is that today’s Tories worship only the global capitalist ‘free’ market. It is a supreme irony that Truss and her first choice as Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng, were destroyed by the very market forces that they venerate.

Kwasi Kwarteng and Liz Truss were the perfect leaders for a Conservative Party that is committed to colour-blind class warfare on behalf of the global rich. They betrayed White working class voters who had backed the Tories in 2019.

Truss’s Tories abandoned traditional conservative values of fiscal rectitude or ‘balancing the books’. Instead they tried to throw money at the already affluent, even at a time when (partly for reasons beyond the government’s control) working families are facing a winter of hardship.

Truss and Kwarteng comprehensively betrayed the White working class voters who backed Brexit in 2016 and elected Tory MPs even in many traditionally Labour ‘Red Wall’ seats in 2019. Truss sacrificed Kwarteng despite his having been her closest political ally, but no amount of dishonourable blame-shifting could save her premiership. Not only Truss but the Tory Party as a whole deserves electoral annihilation, and whoever is elected as her successor, nemesis surely awaits the party at the next general election.

Suella Braverman will seek to take on her fellow Indian Rishi Sunak in a battle for the soul of a dying Conservative Party, but her version of ‘right wing’ politics probably lacks sufficient support to get her onto the ballot.

A credible nationalist electoral alternative is badly needed, but H&D readers will understand that we are still some way from having such an alternative. The British Democratic Party is making steady progress, but even its leaders recognise that rebuilding British nationalism will be a slow process and we shall be nowhere near having a credible challenge from the Brit Dems or anyone else if there is a general election within the next few months.

The good news is that progress is being made towards nationalist unity. There is light at the end of the tunnel, and while the Tory implosion is almost certain to produce a Labour government in the near future, only racial nationalists have the answer to Britain’s long-term crisis. There is a long hard road ahead, but there is no reason for defeatism. Our people’s voice will be heard – as Chesterton put it: “we are the people of England; and we have not spoken yet.”

Best of enemies: Boris Johnson (above right) seems likely to take on his former Chancellor Rishi Sunak, who led the plotting to undermine him earlier this year. H&D will back Team Boris. Now about that peerage: how does Lord Cotterill of Ribbleton sound?

Thursday night update: The Conservative Party has decided this time to impose a requirement of 100 nominations for any candidate even to get onto the first ballot among MPs next week. This has probably destroyed the chances of Suella Braverman and other hopefuls from the so-called Tory ‘right-wing’. If these ‘right-wingers’ are serious about preventing a Rishi Sunak premiership, they will probably have to rally behind former Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who might be in line for a more rapid comeback than even he could have expected.

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