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I had this conversation over a year ago, when Boris Johnson was still Prime Minister, Partygate was at its height and Liz Truss was only beginning to position herself for the campaign that would ultimately see her get the top job in British politics. Since then we’ve had the leadership campaign, her short and tumultous period as Prime Minister and the Great Lettuce Race – but this is still my favourite ever conversation about Liz Truss.
Them: I don’t see why Liz Truss thinks she should be Prime Minister. All she’s ever done is write a book about grammar.
Them: It was a good book; I liked it. But it doesn’t make her qualified to be Prime Minister.
Me: [pause]: That wasn’t Liz Truss.
Them: Wasn’t it?
Me: No, that was Lynne Truss.
Them: So, doesn’t she care about grammar then?
Me: It’s not been a major focus of her political career, no.
Them: Well, I’ve got even less respect for her now!
Ever since I’ve felt slightly guilty at removing from this person – no fan of the Tories – the one ray of solace that they’d been nurturing up to that point: that we had a Foreign Secretary so passionate about grammar she’d written a best-selling book about it.
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