She has to go. Although columnists should be wary of repeating themselves, there are times when it is necessary. A couple of weeks ago I wrote that the Tories were in danger of being seen as incompetent and uncaring: a lethal combination. Today, “incompetent” seems an understatement. A week ago, I said that Liz Truss faced an almost impossible task: to earn a second chance to create a first impression. Now, it is too late. No-one is listening.

Even if she spoke with the tongues of men and of angels, she would find it very difficult to hold an audience. As it is, she has an odd, flat delivery which makes it hard for her to express conviction. She is not even as good as sounding brass or a tinkling cymbal.