UK PM-elect: 'It would be a disaster if Truss governed the way she campaigned'

Liz Truss becomes the new British Prime Minister, succeeding Boris Johnson at Downing Street.

UK PM-elect: 'It would be a disaster if Truss governed the way she campaigned'

Liz Truss becomes the new British Prime Minister, succeeding Boris Johnson at Downing Street. The former foreign secretary won the British Conservatives' internal party vote with 57 percent of the vote, while her opponent, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, got 43 percent. Truss promptly announced a "bold plan" for tax cuts and growth. The 47-year-old is the third woman to lead the UK government, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.

"Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung" (Heidelberg): "No one loves the king's murderer: And so it's no great surprise that Liz Truss prevailed against Rishi Sunak, who was always ahead of her in five votes within the faction. The favorite of the Basis has prevailed. And yet Truss moves into Downing Street with a major handicap: not even the ultimately hapless Ian Duncan Smith had such a weak election result as Tory boss in 2001. (...) The rhetoric towards the former EU partners beyond the English Channel - almost hostile Instead of British understatement, powerful hubris (the Tories as the 'greatest party on the planet') - very much in the style of predecessor Johnson, whom many wanted to blast to hell, but to whom Truss always remained loyal and whom they continue to 'mean' Freund' calls. The next few weeks and months will show whether and how much this will change. Your difficult standing in the parliamentary group and party hardly speaks for a cosiness course."

"Nürnberger Nachrichten": "Liz Truss was not elected by the people, but only by a small number of Britons, namely exactly 81,326 members of the Conservative Party. In order to win, Truss presented a program that had a lot to do with the wishes of the base, but has little to do with the everyday reality of the citizens.On Tuesday the Queen will appoint her Prime Minister and the problems that await the new head of government are enormous.Liz Truss has stylized herself as Margaret Thatcher's heiress, and her arrival in the Downing Street signals a shift to the right in London. It would be a disaster, Scottish Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon has warned, 'if Truss were to govern as she campaigned'."

"Südwest Presse" (Ulm): "The conservatives have already suffered serious defeats in by-elections. Johnson, whom Truss praised as a 'good friend' in her acceptance speech, is, according to opinion polls, the 'worst prime minister' of recent decades and Truss is a willing cabinet mate his disastrous policies.Unlike Johnson, Truss lacks the initial wit, charm, and original rhetoric of her former boss, but comes across as wooden and monotonous.Her arguments about how to fix the moot are outside the arch-conservative wing of her party unconvincing."

"Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung": "Liz Truss is the acting foreign minister and has gained experience in other government offices. But the British still don't really know who the members of the Conservative Party have put in their face before the general election. (...) She has avoided any distancing from Boris Johnson, thereby implicitly condoning his reckless handling of the truth. Truss will have to reckon with Johnson trying to continue to pull political strings from behind the scenes. This will be the new prime minister's first major test. Don't underestimate them until proven otherwise. (...) This points to another problem. The Conservative Party has now voted with its 'gut', sovereignly ignoring the rest of the country. (...)"

"Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger": "However, it is questionable that Liz Truss will bring the hoped-for new start for the party, which should guarantee the Tories a victory in the next election. In her election campaign, she primarily wanted to please the grassroots instead of finding solutions for them To show the concerns of the British. What is remembered about Johnson is not only that she made promises. Truss continues his populist political style, but unlike her predecessor, is neither charismatic nor particularly popular."

"Leipziger Volkszeitung": "What is certain is that the new British Prime Minister Liz Truss will quickly announce concrete measures in the coming days to help people in the face of skyrocketing energy bills. Truss is taking a sensible course that - unlike her announced — should include tax hikes, it could go down in history as the one that got the country through the crisis because of the scale of the current troubles, but so far there's nothing to suggest Truss is the right person to handle problems of this magnitude ."

"Freies Wort" (Suhl): "In any case, the United Kingdom will now have to prepare for even more turbulent times. If Truss follows its own rhetoric, enormous collisions are foreseeable. The reality of the social and economic crisis, which it has so far resolutely turned its back on, will quickly overwhelm everything. Bitter labor disputes, particularly in the public sector, signal an autumn and winter of widespread discontent, protests such as Britain has not seen in decades."

"Schwäbische Zeitung" (Ulm): "Based on the tough nationalist right of her party, Liz Truss has fought her way to the top. She wants to lower corporate taxes, relieve the burden on the rich, wage a trade war with the EU, give the Scottish nationalists the finger. The blatant social Inequality is more likely to increase: at the expense of working people, traditional Tory clientele of retirees receive subsidies, while for young people the dream of owning their own home is elusive Industrial action has been announced from rail workers, defense lawyers, teachers and university lecturers to nurses Fewer and fewer Scots and Northern Irish see their future in union with England All signs are that the UK is facing hard times under a new government that is sliding even further to the right towards political unrest standing."

"Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine" (Kassel): "Great Britain has huge concerns. The island is in an economic crisis, inflation is extreme, the shortage of skilled workers has become even greater as a result of Brexit. And the public health system has been so badly saved that some people in rural areas have to pull their teeth themselves because dentists are no longer taking in patients. Ultimately, the electorate will judge Truss on how to deal with such painful crisis phenomena European Union. It is to be feared, because foreign policy also serves to distract attention from the misery at home. Truss' teacher Boris Johnson was at least a master at that."

"Augsburger Allgemeine": "Now that Liz Truss is moving into Downing Street, it is unclear whether she has realized the seriousness of the situation. Too often in the past she has switched positions, promising everyone just about everything and wrestling For the favor of the Conservative party members, there is always the prospect of what will benefit the higher earners in the country: tax cuts and deregulation, in the spirit of ex-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, who emulated Truss not only visually but also rhetorically now decide for whom she wants to make politics: for the 160,000 Tory members, the majority of whom are considered old, white and wealthy, or for all 67 million Britons, many of whom are feeling the effects of the economic crisis directly. "

"Frankfurter Rundschau": "If you think of Liz Truss, Robert Musil and Alberto Moravia come to mind: 'The Man Without Qualities' and 'The Conformist'. The two novels from the first half of the 20th century saw only men as ( less) acting subjects. In this respect we are further today: The character catastrophe is now emancipated. Friendly people may object: Truss' agility means that she can act in a situation-related manner in the sometimes volatile, sometimes fluid political world situation and does not defend herself with ideological blinders But the fact remains: one of the world's great industrialized nations is led by a person who first and foremost delights in pleasing those who can be of use to him, and snubs those whom he despises and fears as an obstacle or competitor . The 'mother of all democracies' would have wished for a more upright daughter."

"Stuttgarter Zeitung": "Industrial disputes, especially in the public sector, signal an autumn and winter of general resentment. There are threats of protests the likes of which Great Britain has not seen for decades. Millions of livelihoods depend directly on which course Truss takes, which they And while the opposition is already warning of a completely unnecessary trade war with the continent if all diplomatic ropes in the Brexit dispute tear, Truss' critics in his own camp see the cohesion of his own Union at risk, because in Scotland, whose government Liz Truss is willing to ignore, new national resistance is stirring. The current shift to the right in London is providing fresh nourishment. Those among the Conservatives who were hoping for a new start from Boris Johnson's replacement may have imagined this start a little differently."

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