Queueing for Liz Truss at the Conservative Party Conference sums up the mess the Tories are in.
That event aside, it seems that the amount of people bothering to attend is very low.
Queueing for Liz Truss
Farage wrote: “A huge buzz at the Great British Growth rally starring Liz Truss. I think she’s going to need a bigger room!”
Mikey Smith wrote: “Queue to see Liz Truss’ only event is through the bar, up one flight of stairs and down another. Hundreds of people waiting to hear the once and future leader.”
One person replied: “The best standup comedy gig of the fringe.”
What did Liz say?
On corporation tax
“I’m calling upon the chancellor at the autumn statement to put corporation tax back down to 19%.
“And frankly, if we can get it lower, the better
“What we know is that economic growth and making Britain grow again is not going to be delivered by the Treasury. It’s not going to be delivered by more public spending. It’s not going to be delivered by more regulation.
“It is going to be delivered by giving business the freedom they need to succeed.”
On government spending
“It has not been higher since the 1970s. And in fact it was lower for most of the 1970s, apart from 1975.
“So we need to acknowledge that government is too big, taxes are too high and we are spending too much.”
“We are sitting on 50 years’ worth of sustainable gas.
“Can you imagine, if we unleash that, what that will mean for households, what that will mean for businesses.
“We can see from the United States that their energy bills are half what our energy bills are here.”
Sangita Myska wrote: “Liz Truss failing upwards symbolises everything that’s wrong with Britain.”
Oh and this…
The Mirror’s Mikey Smith noted that: “Tory Grant Shapps speaks to mostly empty room as party struggle to fill seats.”
Ian Barnes claims that: “During Mark Harper’s speech this morning the small amount of attendees are corralled into an area on the right so Party people like this man (red arrow) can take a deceptive photo. If anyone sees that photo on social media then do point it out.”
When the (now adored) hit the stage, Adam Bienkov wrote: “The first thing we need to do is to cut the bills,” says Liz Truss, whose economic policies added hundreds of pounds to people’s monthly mortgage bills.”
Kay Burley asked Andy Burnham to sum up what he had seen at the conference so far, he replied with: “The goverment is saying, long term decisions for a brighter future. It feels to me they are doing exactly the opposite. Turning their back on the long term decisions like HS2, net zero. It feels like short term decisions. Desperate moves by a dying government.”
Sacha Lord, founder of Warehouse Project and Parklife, used the giant screen to project a photo of Rishi Sunak alongside the words: “This is for the 3.8 million lives that were ignored. The freelancers and the self employed. The Conference are trying every trick to have this taken down…so I’ve just deployed large digital vans as well, to keep circling the area.”
Steve Bray was thrown out of a fringe meeting…