Times caption: Liz Truss, the chief secretary to the Treasury, made fun of “macho” demands in a speech this summer (HENRY NICHOLLS/REUTERS)
A piece in yesterday’s Times, under the headline, “Ministers hate being the butt of Liz Truss’s jokes”. Emphases ours:
Liz Truss has once more irritated colleagues after making jokes at their expense before pitching for the job of chancellor.
Ms Truss, the chief secretary to the Treasury, who in June accused fellow cabinet ministers of making “macho” demands for public spending and interfering in people’s day-to-day lives, told a newspaper that she would love Philip Hammond’s job.
She had earlier made a number of jokes at an awards ceremony at the expense of cabinet colleagues. One targeted the supposed ambition of Matt Hancock, the health secretary, to become chancellor. Ms Truss joked that despite her efforts “Matt Hancock’s car keeps pitching up outside 11 Downing Street”.
On the ambitions of Sajid Javid, the home secretary, who recently took her seat in the Commons during a debate, she told The Spectator magazine’s parliamentary awards: “I’m glad he and his sharp buttocks haven’t turned up tonight, at least I get a seat at the table.” She also poked fun at the moment when Jeremy Hunt, the foreign secretary, accidentally described his Chinese wife as Japanese, saying: “Some ignorant people don’t know the difference between China and Japan.”
A cabinet source said that she had once more annoyed ministers, as she had with her speech this summer.
In an interview with the Daily Mail yesterday she said that she would “love the job of chancellor one day” but did not want to be given a senior job in government. She said she had “a lot of banter” with Mr Hammond, who is in Buenos Aires for the G20 summit. [J4MB: The poor man deserves a medal for putting up with the silly woman.]
Her speech in June was widely regarded as putting down a marker for a potential future leadership bid. In it she made fun of Michael Gove, the environment secretary, and his calls for a curb on wood-burning stoves, saying that his department was full of “hot air”. [J4MB: The woman’s a comic genius.]
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