‘Where have you been?’ Liz Truss emerges after a mini-budget backlash

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Liz Truss has broken her silence for the first time since the government’s mini-budget was unveiled.

A wave of criticism followed the announcements made by Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng last Friday.

The pound plummeted and the Chancellor was urged to ‘re-evaluate’ fiscal measures.

This morning the Prime Minister faced a barrage of questions on the airwaves as she appeared on various regional radio stations.

‘What on earth were you thinking?’ asked a listener. The Tory leader has also been branded a “reverse Robin Hood” who “robbed the poor and gave to the rich”.

Ms Truss kicked off her media rounds with an interview on Radio Leeds.

‘Where have you been?’ demanded moderator Rima Ahmed.

Ms Truss replied: “I’m here at Radio Leeds speaking to you.”

She added that the government had been forced to take urgent action to “get Britain moving” with “controversial” decisions.

In this photo provided by the British Parliament, British Prime Minister Liz Truss shows in the House of Commons in London on Friday September 23, 2022. Britain's new government on Friday announced a sweeping plan of tax cuts funded by borrowing and revenue from expected growth, as part of controversial moves to tackle the cost-of-living crisis and prop up a faltering economy. (Jessica Taylor/UK Parliament via AP)

The Prime Minister has defended Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini-budget (Image: AP)

Ms Truss said: “A lot of the measures that we have announced will not happen overnight, we will not see the growth overnight.

“But the important thing is that we put this country on a better path in the long term.”

During the interview, the Prime Minister also addressed the war in Ukraine and the conflict’s impact on the British economy.

Speaking on Radio Norfolk, she again staunchly defended the mini-budget, adding it was the “right plan” for the country.

“There are always people who oppose certain measures,” the Tory leader said.

Questions to the Prime Minister from BBC Radio Kent listeners included: “What on earth were you thinking?”, “How can we ever trust the Conservatives with our economy again?” and ‘Are you ashamed of what you’ve done?’.

Ms Truss replied: “I think we need to remember what situation this country has been facing.

“We went into winter expecting people to be faced with fuel bills of up to £6,000, huge inflation rates and slowing economic growth.

“And what we’ve done is we’ve taken action to ensure people don’t pay a typical fuel bill of more than £2,500 from this weekend.”

Meanwhile, listeners to BBC Nottingham told the Prime Minister she was “Robin Hood in reverse” – “rob the poor and give to the rich”.

But Ms Truss said that was “simply not true”.

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Veysey/Shutterstock (13420670m) The Bank of England is expected to intervene against the pound's collapse. Sep 26 2022 British Pound Hits Record Low Following Tax Cut Plans, London, UK - Sep 26 2022

The Bank of England took emergency measures to stabilize the pound (Image: James Veysey/Shutterstock)

In a big move, the Bank of England announced yesterday that it would temporarily buy £65 billion worth of government bonds to help “restore orderly market conditions”.

The state of the UK economy even caught the attention of the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

The United Nations-linked agency said it was “closely monitoring” developments in the UK and was in contact with authorities to urge the Chancellor to “reassess tax measures”.

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