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Ousting of UK Treasury Official is Early Sign of Truss’s Intent

  • Tom Scholar’s departure marks an attack on ‘orthodoxy’
  • Conservative government wants to pump up the economy quickly
Liz Truss

Liz Truss

Photographer: Hollie Adams/Bloomberg

Few acts better display the new UK government’s zeal to reform how Britain sets its economic policy than the new Chancellor of the Exchequer’s decision to oust the Treasury’s most senior civil servant.

No British finance minister in living memory has dismissed their permanent secretary immediately after moving into the role, as Kwasi Kwarteng did on his second day on the job to Tom Scholar, who had been in the post since 2016.