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Has a Conservative government got any power at all?

22 October 2022

9:00 AM

22 October 2022

9:00 AM

In the House of Commons on Monday, someone accused Liz Truss’s government of being ‘in office but not in power’. By chance, I was sitting in the peers’ gallery immediately behind the author of that famous phrase, Norman Lamont, who applied it to John Major’s administration in his resignation statement as chancellor in 1993.

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