If the Conservative leadership contest were a football match, last night’s TV debate was the first skirmish of the second half. With her 24 per cent lead in the latest YouGov poll of party members, Liz Truss arrived at the debate with the equivalent of a two goal lead. Not surprisingly, she played defence, doing nothing that risked losing her lead.
In contrast, Rishi Sunak needed to play attack—and did, with a vengeance, especially in the early stages when the questions were about taxation and the economy. However, he had a tricky tactical judgment to make: go in…
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