Monday morning, as usual, started with a cup of tea and the word guessing game, Wordle.

My starter word, for those who are interested, is always Stear. On Monday, that only gave me a T and R in the wrong place.

My second guess, Trick, got them in the right place, but no other letters. I then went Trump, which gave me a U (this is going somewhere, I promise). My fourth guess, Truly, got me no further.

It was only after a lot of head scratching that I got the day’s word on the fifth go. Truth.

Speaking of struggles with the word truth, let’s turn to the ongoing fallout from last week’s Conservative Party Conference in Manchester, where the main focus was on the announcement to cancel the second phase of HS2, the high-speed rail link between Birmingham and Manchester.

For days in advance, Rishi Sunak and his ministers gave interview after interview stressing no decision had been made, and they weren’t going to be rushed or bumped into an announcement.

Then, following the Prime Minister’s speech, one of his glossy videos was released on social media about why this was the right decision and the money saved would be pumped into other projects.

Except … the video had been pre-recorded in Downing Street, which given Rishi Sunak had been in Manchester all week, meant the ‘no decision’ line wasn’t true.

During his conference speech, Rishi Sunak listed the ‘Network North’ projects that the HS2 money would be spent on.

Once journalists started digging into these, it transpired that some of these schemes had already happened, others had money previously allocated, and some, like a £100 million mass transit scheme in Bristol simply vanished.

Interviewed on BBC Radio 2, Sunak told Jeremy Vine that the schemes announced were, ahem, ‘illustrative’, rather than things that would actually take place.

A couple of weeks ago, the government’s net-zero U-turn was sprinkled with cancelled policies that were never policies in the first place, from seven recycling bins to compulsory car sharing. At the Conservative conference, this trend continued.

Energy Secretary Clare Coutinho falsely claimed Labour were going to introduce a meat tax, justifying in an interview that it was the sort of thing they might do.

Transport Secretary Mark Harper criticised councils for limiting how many times you could go shopping (though couldn’t come up in with a single example).

Back on Monday’s Wordle, for my third guess, I went Trump, which also seems to be the government’s new policy of playing fast and loose with the facts.

It’s a funny way to launch a rebrand of a ‘straight-talking’ Prime Minister. Or maybe when he said this, he was being illustrative?