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Gove: Tories owe nation an apology for ‘making the wrong choice’ in Truss

30 Oct 2022 2 minute read
Michael Gove Levelling Up, Housing and Communities Secretary, image James Manning PA images

The Conservatives owe the public an apology for installing Liz Truss as leader, Cabinet minister Michael Gove has said.

The Levelling Up Secretary, who was a vocal critic of the short-lived prime minister’s tax-slashing plans, said he understood people’s anger about the chaos of recent months.

In an op-ed in The Sun, Mr Gove wrote: “We made the wrong choice this summer about the path we should take.

“Plans to cut taxes targeted on the richest were a holiday from reality.

“A mini budget that didn’t explain how spending plans would be paid for was an error. To put it mildly.”

Mr Gove was dramatically sacked by his old rival Boris Johnson in the summer as his premiership collapsed, and then threw his weight behind Ms Truss’s rival Rishi Sunak in the race to succeed him.

Ringleaders

At the Tory Party conference earlier this month, Mr Gove was one of the ringleaders of the revolt against Ms Truss and then-chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng’s mini budget, forcing a climbdown over the plan to scrap the 45p top rate of tax.

Furious allies of Ms Truss accused him of getting “his kicks in a sadistic way”.

Mr Sunak offered him a return to Government after taking over from Ms Truss in Downing Street.

Mr Gove said the new Prime Minister “has the experience, competence and compassion to steer us through the choppy economic waters ahead”.

He wrote: “I know that he will not just get the big calls ahead right, but that he will make them with those struggling the most at the forefront of his mind.”


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Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
Y Tywysog Lloegr a Moscow
1 month ago

They owe us all a lot more apologies than that.
BTW … WHICH nation? There’s four of us.

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Comment should have just been – ….. The Conservatives owe the public an apology….. and then people could have inserted their own grievance(s) to suit.

Peter Cuthbert
Peter Cuthbert
1 month ago

Yes, an apology would be nice but a General Election would be better. However, Mr Gove’s fliration with reality has been a bit short lived as his comments show: “[Mr Sunak] has the experience, competence and compassion to steer us through the choppy economic waters ahead… I know that he will not just get the big calls ahead right, but that he will make them with those struggling the most at the forefront of his mind.” If all the leaks from Downing Street are correct then the proposed savage cuts of the Osbourne kind will hardly be ‘getting the big… Read more »

Charles Coombes
Charles Coombes
1 month ago

We the people neeed a general election.
If the Conservative Party had any moral or ethical values it would call one.
It doesn’t so it won’t.
Never trust a tory and never vote tory.

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