'I’m not interested in how many two-for-one offers you buy at the …
Liz Truss today spoke at the Conservative Party conference - her first (and maybe last?) as the party's leader.
The prime minister didn't mention cheese as she did in 2014, but instead attacked a nebulous "anti-growth coalition" and vowed to deliver on Brexit, protect Ukraine, and make the country generally amazing.
Truss walked on to the stage with 'Moving On Up' playing as her intro music – a song by the mother of a Labour councillor.
Heather Small, a member of the 90s music group M People, is the mother of James Small-Edwards, who was elected as a member of the City of Westminster council in May. The 25-year-old claimed victory in the Bayswater ward, one of three Labour candidates to take a seat in the area.
The founder of M People wasn't impressed:
\u201cM People founder Mike Pickering not impressed with Liz Truss\u2019s song choice this morning\u201d
Previously, people had joked she should walk on to songs like Firestarter and Common People.
2. Obesity plan
Then Truss kicked her speech off by ditching her predecessor Boris Johnson's obesity strategy by signalling she will drop plans to ban 2-for-1 junk food offers.
"I'm not interested in how many 2-for-1 offers you buy at the supermarket or how you spend your time or virtue signalling," she said.
She said people know how to spend their money better than the government.
3. Dodgy school claims
While going on about how great she is, Truss claimed she is the first British prime minister to have attended a comprehensive school.
“I stand here as the first prime minister of our country to have gone to a comprehensive school,” the PM said, pausing for applause.
But there's just a few problems with the claim. Theresa May attended Holton Park Girls' Grammar School, which was a state school that became new Wheatley Park Comprehensive School while she was a pupil.
Meanwhile, John Major, David Lloyd George, Harold Wilson, Edward Heath, James Callaghan, and Margaret Thatcher all went to non-fee paying schools.
4. Greenpeace protest
That was a bit of a clanger but things went from bad to worse. As the PM was speaking, two protesters appeared holding a sign saying "who voted for this". They were led away by security.
"Later on in my speech I'm going to talk about the anti-growth coalition, but I think they arrived in the hall a bit too early," the prime minister said.
\u201cGreat to see @greenpeace in Tory party conference asking who voted for this? They\u2019re right - nobody voted for more fracking, tearing up nature protections or the \u00a3 in free fall. \nWe need a general election now #CPC22\u201d
Truss then reached a crescendo and attacked the "anti-growth coalition" which she seemed to think is just about everyone who disagrees with her.
"We will not allow anti-growth coalition to hold us back," she said, going on to list the group as "Labour, Lib Dems & SNP, militant unions, vested interests dressed up as think tanks, the talking heads, the Brexit deniers and Extinction Rebellion".
She copied Johnson's odd fixation with North London by claiming people "taxi from North London townhouses to the BBC studio to dismiss anyone challenging the status quo."
She also accused her opponents as being obsessed with “more taxes, more regulation and more meddling, also calling them “enemies of enterprise” and saying: “Wrong, wrong, wrong."
To her, Labour leader Keir Starmer only has a "sticking plaster solution" to economic issues and she also stressed it is important to keep taxes low.
\u201cI'm going to stick my neck out here and say no normal person will have any idea what "anti-growth coalition" means\u201d