Liz Truss announces her resignation as Prime Minister
Liz Truss has been ridiculed after she resigned on Thursday just 45 days into her premiership amid a political and economic crisis she could not quell. Newspapers around the world were prompt to criticise the outgoing Prime Minister’s work. In Europe, the fiasco made it to the front page of Denmark’s daily broadsheet Jyllands-Posten with the headline: “From triumph to meltdown.”
“Listened to, perhaps; understood, not really,” said French daily Le Monde.
“A terrible orator who could do little more than repeat ‘growth, growth, growth’, seemingly impervious to criticism … she was rejected by both the public and her own party.”
Le Monde journalist Sylvain Kahn wrote: “Since the referendum, British governments have demonstrated, with ever greater talent, that Brexit only takes the UK further away from the promised land of recovered sovereignty and untrammelled freedom.
“‘Take back control!’ they all said. But the British are a very long way from doing that. No other EU member is in such a state … Since Brexit, Britain’s Conservative leaders have worked tirelessly to prove that EU membership was very far from the problem.”
For Libération, there was “decidedly something rancid in the Tories’ tea”. Sonia Delesalle-Stolper said the British government and the Conservative party are “on a path to total self-destruction”.
Liz Truss resigned as Prime Minister after 45 days in office
Liz Truss said she could no longer lead the country
She continued: “In four months, the country will have had four chancellors, two interior ministers, and soon two prime ministers.
“Who will be Liz Truss’s successor? That’s the really big question. Because Brexit, and its chief architect Boris Johnson, have drained the Conservative party of all substance and competence.”
In Germany, Annette Dittert, the London correspondent for the public broadcaster ARD said: “Brexit has damaged the UK economy so lastingly that any extra market uncertainty leads to far greater turbulence than ever before.
“Brexit and the inherent magical thinking of a sovereign UK that can go its own way in the globalised 21st-century world, detached from international developments, marked the beginning of the end of rational thinking on the island.”
Truss’s “dramatic failure”, Dittert continued, “could now spell the end of that wishful thinking – the beginning of something of a British turning point”.
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In the US, the Washington Post’s editorial board has put forward a strategy for Britain to “right itself after Truss”, claiming the nation “looks increasingly like an isolated Atlantic island state” instead of an international player.
It argues the Tories should opt for a figure like Rishi Sunak as new leader, who it says would likely be a “steadier hand” than Ms Truss or Boris Johnson.
“The party should also reform how it chooses its leaders. The current process empowers dues-paying party members, who tend to lean further to the populist right than most Britons,” the board wrote.
The third step involves help from the US and Europe in landing new trade deals and a “softer Brexit”.
“Britain should be more than an exporter of royal gossip and lurid political news,” the paper says.
“The United States and Europe should help Britain regain its place in a liberal global order under attack by Russia, China and other adversaries of freedom.”
The Wall Street Journal’s editorial argues the demise of Ms Truss has lessons for domestic US politics.
Under the headline ‘The Tory warning to US Republicans’, the board writes Ms Truss was “made the scapegoat for failed tax-and-spend policies”.
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“Ms Truss resigned as PM Thursday after a fiasco of a premiership, but the fault is far from hers alone,” it continued.
“She is being made the scapegoat for the economic policy blunders that the ruling Conservatives have made over 12 years in power, and especially since 2019 under previous Prime Minister Boris Johnson.”
The Financial Times’ international editorial board writes of the “shattering of the UK’s credibility” and calls for a general election.
“The six short weeks of Liz Truss’s premiership trashed not only the UK’s economic standing but also its reputation for political stability,” the paper states.
“No one, bar a few thousand party members, voted for that.
“The prospect of yet another Conservative prime minister chosen without a general election ignores not only the UK’s growing democratic deficit but also the lack of competence displayed by its woeful government.”
The board argues the next PM should retain Jeremy Hunt as Chancellor to “repair the damage” from a “financial hand-grenade” but continues: “The Conservatives should not be allowed to continue without a new mandate from the voters