Far Right Liz Truss Replaces Boris Johnson as UK Prime Minister

Members of Labour Party, progressives and critical voices worldwide registered concern and condemnation Monday after the Conservative Party in the U.K. voted to make Liz Truss, formerly the Foreign Secretary, the nation’s next Prime Minister to replace the outgoing Boris Johnson.

Truss defeated Rishi Sunak, the former finance minister, in a historic race. This was after Johnson resigned earlier this summer amid a severe energy crisis, rising costs, and a flood scandals within his office that sapped his support.

“Just when we see the back of a law-breaking, Parliament-proroguing, office-abusing PM in Boris Johnson,” said Green MP Caroline Lucas in a tweet, “he’s replaced by a climate-wrecking, handout-refusing, redistribution-opposing, Brexit ideologue PM in Liz Truss. Buckle up, it’s going to be a rough ride.”

While Johnson “leaves having disgraced his office,” continued Lucas, she warned that Truss “campaigned as a right-wing ideologue and will govern as such — which is a disaster for all of us.”

Truss was both the International Trade Secretary and Foreign Secretary. rebuked For her xenophobic rhetorical and policies throughout her career by human right groups in the U.K. Europe and beyond.

The Labour Party made clear their belief that Truss, based on her own remarks, will continue her party’s hostility toward working people in the U.K.:

Progressive critics stated that Truss is not a good alternative to the aggressiveness of Johnson’s Johnson era.

“New prime minister, same old deceit!” declared DiEM25, pan-European political movement, in a social media post following Truss’ selection.

Truss, the group warned, “will continue to serve the British oligarchy and the global technocrats of the World Economic Forum at the expense of the everyday citizen battling with the cost of living crisis that the Tory party is directly responsible for inflaming.”

Labour MP Jeremy Corbyn was the former leader of his party and said that Truss must act immediately to alleviate the struggles faced by working people.

“The first act of Liz Truss’ premiership should be taking immediate action to tackle the cost of living crisis that is pushing millions into poverty,” he said. “This must be a wealth tax and bringing energy companies, water, mail and rail into public ownership.”

Corbyn also called for a commitment to give workers a raise in the country, stop the push to privatize the National Health Service, and end the “appalling treatment of refugees fleeing war.”

According to Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins, the best and first thing that Truss could do as Prime Minister is to immediately “U-turn on everything she believes in” as a person and politician.

Andy Worthington, a progressive journalist and activist, suggested there was little hope of that with Truss when it comes to fighting inequality, the climate crisis, or putting the government in service of people’s needs.

“Just when what we need is a Truss, in which a number of objects combine to create a solid structure, we, get, instead, a Liz Truss,” said Worthington, “a far-right libertarian sock-puppet who despises the poor for being poor, adores the rich and wants to make them richer, and loves fossil fuels.”