Reactions to the election of Liz Truss as the Conservative prime minister are rolling in – and they appear universally negative (although sometimes you have to read/listen between the lines.
Admittedly, the first clip is from before the result was announced: Joe Lycett’s appearance on former BBC political editor Laura Kuenssberg’s new Sunday morning show.
It’s summed up nicely by Maximilien Robespierre here:
Mr Lycett then turned up on Times Radio to explain the meaning of his outburst (presumably for the hard-of-thinking, so he was in exactly the right place):
Following her election, Russell Kane’s comment will be hard to beat. Brace yourself, though, because the language on display here isn’t just near the knuckle; it’s knuckle-shredding:
Among politicians, the Labour Party’s response has focused on Truss’s attitude to working people – and it’s not good:
This seems supported by Truss’s apparent keenness to support the rich. Her solution to the cost of living crisis is not to help the people who are actually facing serious difficulty, but to give huge amounts of money to those who are already extremely rich! This is from Robespierre again:
Scotland’s First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, said if Truss governs in the same way she has campaigned, she’ll be a disaster for the United Kingdom. Here’s more analysis from Robespierre:
You can see how this has been going.
Fortunately, James O’Brien has a reason for it – he thinks Liz Truss is an android:
Possibly the nastiest comment on Liz Truss becoming prime minister relates to Home Secretary Priti Patel, who has announced that she is quitting, and going to the backbenches, before Truss sacks her anyway.
Patel insisted that leaving government was “her choice” – but it’s clear that she’s leaving ahead of Truss’s boot.
Nevertheless, Patel demanded that Truss must back “all aspects” of the policies she had put in place on illegal migration – which makes no sense at all; if Truss wanted rid of Patel then it’s because she doesn’t like Patel’s work – right?
Well, that would be the case normally. But it could just be that Truss doesn’t like Patel. So the nasty comment could refer to either Patel or Truss herself, for potentially putting personal distaste over professional respect.
(Even though Patel doesn’t deserve any respect at all.)
All in all – well, you can draw your own conclusions, can’t you?
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