Her problem is not only with the voters. Until recently, many of her own MPs – including ministers – were taking their cue from Corporal Jones. When anything went wrong, rush towards the nearest camera yelling “don’t panic.” But in the last few days, it has got worse. Now, a lot of them are dropping the “don’t.”
Public opinion is volatile and two years is a long time in politics. That said, Truss has an almighty challenge, economic and political. We could be facing a world recession, and almost every country is in trouble. In other circumstances, ministers might be able to point this out, insisting that the Government was doing what it could and that there were no easy answers. Alas, many voters seem ready to conclude that the Government is blundering from one cock-up to another and that ministers have no answers at all.