Kwasi Kwarteng says he warned Liz Truss before she was forced to resign

Kwasi Kwarteng was sacked as Chancellor by Liz Truss, just days before she was forced to resign. Mr Kwarteng said he told her it was ‘too much too fast

Kwasi Kwarteng has revealed he warned Liz Truss about going too far and too fast with her tax-cutting agenda, urging her to ‘slow down’ if she wanted to keep her job.

The former chancellor said he told then-Prime Minister it was ‘mad’ to fire him days before she departed No 10 herself.

In his first interview since being sacked last month, Mr Kwarteng also praised Rishi Sunak as a ‘very credible’ prime minister but warned him over the impending tax rises in next week’s Autumn Statement.

He told TalkTV: ‘We tried to do too much too quickly. Too much too fast. I think the strategic goal was right. But I think we should have had a much more measured approach’.

He said he bore ‘some responsibility’ for the timetable of the mini-budget, but that Ms Truss ‘was very much of the view that we needed to move things fast. But I think it was too quick’, he added.

‘Even after the mini budget we were going at breakneck speed. And I said, “You know, we should slow down, slow down”.’ She said, “Well, I’ve only got two years” and I said, “You will have two months if you carry on like this”. And I’m afraid that’s what happened’.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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