Liz Truss took a “Spinal Tap approach” to government, demanding the measurement was “turned up to 11”, her erstwhile main code writer has said.
Asa Bennett said the erstwhile premier curate had arrived successful Downing Street determined to enactment “rocket boosters” nether the system and that it was a substance of “bitter regret” that her efforts had failed.
Truss’s short-lived premiership ended aft her mini-budget led to fiscal chaos, which forced the Bank of England to instrumentality exigency enactment to forestall pension funds collapsing.
Her resignation followed a tumultuous 45 days successful office during which Truss’s mini-budget crashed the markets, she mislaid 2 cardinal ministers and shed the assurance of astir each her ain MPs.
Before her resignation, Truss allowed her past chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng to instrumentality the blasted for September’s mini-budget, contempt it being wide seen arsenic a associated project.
Bennett, who made the comments portion appearing connected Liz Truss’s Big Gamble, a BBC Radio 4 documentary that takes a adjacent look astatine her premiership, said that her determination to instrumentality “fast action” successful what she thought would hole the system reflected her willingness to “push the envelope”, comparing her attack to Spinal Tap, the spoof band.
Bennett told the BBC: “I deliberation Liz felt that she’s gambled earlier successful her beingness and past she could gamble again connected this.
“And yes, the stakes would beryllium high, but the payoff was worthy it successful the consciousness of taking that accelerated action. I deliberation she ever liked to beryllium the 1 that was acceptable to propulsion the envelope and would lone backmost down if determination was bully reason.
“I deliberation Liz was idiosyncratic who would instrumentality this benignant of Spinal Tap approach, crook it up to 11, and lone if necessary, crook it down again.”
Bennett added that Truss believed she had the answers to the problems with Britain’s economy, which included £45bn worthy of taxation cuts.
“That is wherefore she felt it truly was clip to instrumentality the hard decisions and basal it retired by trying to interruption with the benignant of consensus, the cosy statement that meant that Britain had been flagging on with planetary competitiveness,” Bennett added.