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"We're producing more varieties of cheese than the French!" What was (future UK Prime Minister) Liz Truss's point here?

While the British jingoism angle covered in other answers is definitely an important one, I think it’s worth considering the context in which the speech was delivered to get the full picture. The ...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

It’s not entirely obvious at first glance, as Kwarteng appears to have been sacked for agreeing with the Prime Minister; he set out in his ‘mini budget’ a slate of fiscal policies which Truss herself ...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

Q: Why is Kwasi Kwarteng sacked? The so called mini-budget which he developed together with Liz Truss was poorly received by the public and the market. It was not just unpopular, but also doing real-...
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How uncommon is it for a Prime Minister not to respond to an urgent question themselves?

Since Tony Blair became Prime Minister in 1997, there have been twenty-eight urgent questions directed to the PM; one to Blair, seven to David Cameron, nine to Theresa May, ten to Boris Johnson, and (...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

According to The Guardian, Truss did this as part of "a desperate attempt to restore her crumbling political authority," with the appointment of Hunt "an apparent move by Truss to reach ...
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"We're producing more varieties of cheese than the French!" What was (future UK Prime Minister) Liz Truss's point here?

If I remember correctly, Truss was giving a keynote speech to some kind of business / trade group conference. Presumably, her goal was to project British economic power abroad and reassure investors ...
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Has a Prime Minister ever been appointed while in Scotland before?

Sort of. Although this is the first time that the current Queen has appointed a Prime Minister away from the capital, it is not the first time that a potential Prime Minister has been charged to form ...
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Who exactly has the authority to expel members from the Conservative Party?

There are two distinct memberships here, which I think the question might be confusing:- membership of the Conservative party, and membership of the Conservative parliamentary party (also referred to ...
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What are the advantages for the Government of presenting policy in a general debate rather than as a ministerial statement?

For a start, when the government gives a ministerial statement, there is a convention that MPs are given advance sight of it. When this convention is broken, which is rare, it's a fairly big deal - in ...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked for the simple reason that Liz Truss needed a fall guy to pin the blame on for the disastrous and nonsensical "budget" that the two of them cooked up together. The ...
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What were the key factors that led to Truss being a finalist in the MPs vote and then winning the popular party vote, in the UK?

Finalist among MPs Right-wing MPs coalesced around Truss after the other candidates from the right-wing (Braverman, Badenoch, Mordaunt & Zahawi) were eliminated. Each of these candidates (as well ...
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Why was Kwasi Kwarteng sacked and Jeremy Hunt appointed as the UK finance minister?

It is more of signaling to stabilise the market than a political blame game/scapegoat that many thought so. In fact, firing Kwasi would not absolve Liz Truss of her "mistakes" and instead ...
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What would happen if the current prime minister lost their seat in a general election?

There would be a leadership vote in the party that the ex-PM had led. If that party had a majority in the Commons, or a reasonable prospect of forming a coalition with a majority, the party's MPs ...
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"We're producing more varieties of cheese than the French!" What was (future UK Prime Minister) Liz Truss's point here?

If you're going to look at historical similatiries, the example of post-2014 Russia is an obvious candidate. In 2014, Russia has responded to some sanctions from EU by introducing its own food embargo:...
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