Liz Truss and Diane Abbott are an unlikely pair. One is a champion of free markets while the other is a true Corbynista. However, of late the Chief Treasury to the Secretary has managed to find common cause with the shadow home secretary.
Speaking at a Freer think tank event last night with fellow freedom lovers James Cleverly and Steve Baker in the audience, Truss spoke of the importance of fighting over-interference of the state into people’s daily lives – and that includes Abbott’s recent decision to disobey London transport rules and drink an M&S mojito on the overground:
‘When we try to micromanage people’s lives, we take away the freedoms that are crucial for them to feel in control.
Freedom is the ability to make choices that others disapprove of.
There’s nothing wrong with people deciding to have a sneaky can of mojito in public.’
After the speech was over Truss could be found chowing down on the canapés – which consisted of a table of doughnuts. Did someone say sugar tax?