Electoralism/Democratism

Anti-Truss: the British PM is out. Who’s next?

After 45 days, former Conservative British PM Liz Truss is out. Who will be in? And will their term last beyond the expiration dates of the stuff sitting in your fridge right now? These are big questions that point toward an even bigger crisis in Tory leadership. From across the pond, we don’t have a close perspective on the political events that led to a head of lettuce outlasting a head of state. That’s why we’ve brought on journalist Owen Jones to explain the phenomenon of failed leadership that’s hit the Tory Party and give us a sense of what might come next. Watch below:

We’re affectionately calling it the Trussterf*ck: blink and you might have missed her, but Britain has gone through a whole administration since former Conservative PM and apparently-not-greased-enough-piglet Boris Johnson stepped down in July. Johnson’s foreign secretary, Truss, was put into office through a selection procedure internal to the Tory Party, not through a democratic election. Now the same party has lost faith in her ability to lead. In office, her announcement of support for deregulation and tax cuts elicited the following statement from our own favorite centrist, Joe Biden: “I think that the idea of cutting taxes on the super-wealthy at a time when. . . I disagree with the policy.” Great, Joe!

The “at a time when” probably refers in part to the energy crisis that Britain faces this fall, causing skyrocketing electricity and heating bills for British households. Even among fellow Conservatives, Truss’s agenda registered a shock. Now the party will be tasked with putting up another Prime Minister to carry out a political program that lacks public consent. We dive into the past, present, and future of this process with this week’s guest, and we hope you’ll appreciate his insight into the tumult currently sweeping British politics; we certainly did.

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