British PM Liz Truss fires finance minister Kwasi Kwarteng | CNN

Spare a thought for British Conservative MPs.

The United Kingdom’s governing party felt that scandal-ridden Boris Johnson had ruined its poll numbers, turning what was once the natural party of government into a clown car.

But having spent so much energy trying to oust a reluctant Johnson this summer, exhausted MPs say his replacement, Liz Truss – just 37 days in the job – seems hell-bent on making a bad situation worse.

After her mini-budget – which proposed unfunded tax cuts, massive government debt and windfall tax exemptions for energy companies – as the pound plummeted and all sorts of widespread financial chaos ensued, she faced the grim reality of being a leader. Seems more damaging than Johnson but will be harder to replace.

“Even if you think she’s terrible, we can’t replace her any time soon,” the former cabinet minister and Trus supporter tells CNN. “I’m not optimistic about the future, but we have to try to get out of it and learn from the mistakes.”

The mistakes in question were, most MPs agree, terrible communications from the government and trying to do too many things too fast with insufficient funding.

“They committed to massive spending, to help people with energy bills, then immediately started talking about tax cuts,” says one senior Conservative. As a result, they “don’t get credit for spending money. When you announce a policy like that, you have to spin the pitch like crazy. Why didn’t they rotate the pitch?”

Truss could be forced into a U-turn on Friday, with its chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng fighting to save his job.

Read more about the dire mood in the Conservative Party here.

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