Euan McColm: Is it really too much to expect leadership during the cost of living crisis?

It would appear those battling to replace Boris Johnson as Prime Minister have taken his evident unfitness for the office he holds not as a warning but as a challenge.

We won’t know whether Liz Truss or Rishi Sunak is to succeed the wretched inhabitant of 10 Downing Street until a week tomorrow but already both have demonstrated their astonishing lack of suitability for the position. If you think that guy was awful, they seem to be saying, wait until you see me in action. I’m going to be worse.

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When the energy regulator, Ofgem, announced on Friday that the cap on the price of domestic gas and electricity bills will rise by 80 per cent - to £3,549 - from October, there was no surprise. We have known for some time that bad news was coming. But the fact we had been forewarned doesn’t diminish the magnitude of what is about to happen.

"Here was an opportunity for Sunak and Truss to demonstrate their suitability to become Prime Minister", argues Euan McColm. Picture: Getty Images
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The pressures caused by the ongoing cost-of-living crisis will now be horribly exacerbated. Few will not feel the negative impact of soaring fuel bills. Many will, I’m afraid, suffer greatly.

This being so, was it really too much to expect at least some facsimile of leadership from our leaders?

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We know that Johnson, the liar who conned the poorest into further impoverishing themselves by supporting his self-serving campaign for the UK to leave the European Union does not care about anyone but himself. Voters have always been nothing more than the means to his end of self-aggrandisement. And so his promise that his successor would announce help for bill-payers in due course was hardly a comfort.