‘Truss’s reign goes from absurd to ridiculous’: Foreign media laughs at Britain and slams Tories doomed ‘by their own idiocy’ after another day of ‘bewildering scenes’ in parliament

  • Britain become laughing stock of world’s media amid Truss’s leadership ‘chaos’
  • Newspapers across world have been filled with mockery for ‘hopeless’ Truss
  • In near-daily onslaughts since Truss’s ‘fiscal event’ flung a wrecking ball into the financial markets, commentators have shook their heads at each new twist

Britain has become the laughing stock of the world’s media as Liz Truss’s leadership goes ‘from absurd to ridiculous’ amid daily scenes of ‘abject chaos’ in parliament.

Column inches from Australia to America, Ireland to India, and across mainland  Europe have been filled with mockery for both ‘hopeless and hapless’ Truss and a Tory party they said has been doomed ‘by its own idiocy’. 

But the tone was far from cheerful. Many seemed deeply shocked that the British parliament, a ‘temple of democracy and the oldest traditions’, has been reduced to a ‘circus’ that one said risked turning the venerable UK into a ‘Banana Republic’.

Britain, The Hindu newspaper wrote, is fast becoming a ‘cautionary tale’ about the effects of ‘bad politics’.

In near-daily onslaughts since Truss’s ‘fiscal event’ flung a wrecking ball into the financial markets, commentators have been reduced to head-shaking incredulity at each new twist and turn in the ever-deepening ‘farce.’

Britain has become the laughing stock of the world’s media as Liz Truss’s leadership goes ‘from absurd to ridiculous’ amid daily scenes of ‘abject chaos’ in parliament. Pictured: Le Monde , one of France’s largest daily papers, said that Truss is now a Prime Minister ‘without authority or a political ideology’, having scrapped almost all of her major policies since coming to power.

Britain, The Hindu newspaper wrote, is fast becoming a ‘cautionary tale’ about the effects of ‘bad politics’

Rob Harris, in the Sydney Morning Herald, summed up last night’s bust-up in the Commons by saying Truss’s reign had gone ‘from absurd to outright ridiculous’

Reacting to the other political drama of the day – the resignation of Home Secretary Suella Braverman – The Irish Times said it showed ‘that Truss is nowhere near to getting out of the jail into which her tax-cutting obsession has landed her.

Rob Harris, in the Sydney Morning Herald, summed up last night’s bust-up in the Commons by saying Truss’s reign had gone ‘from absurd to outright ridiculous’.

‘The premiership of Liz Truss has effectively been over for days, perhaps even weeks,’ he wrote, ‘ but cruelly she’s yet to be put out of her misery. 

‘It is coming, there’s no doubt. And for everyone’s sake, it should really hurry up.’

Liberation, a French daily newspaper, detected ‘something rancid in the Tory tea’ saying the ‘circus to which we have now become accustomed’ has descended into ‘absolute, total and abject chaos’.

‘The Parliament of Westminster, temple of democracy and the oldest traditions, but also the most hushed and civilized, found itself the scene of absolutely bewildering scenes,’ as ministers were ‘manhandled’ through the voting lobbies, the paper said.

Reacting to the other political drama of the day – the resignation of Home Secretary Suella Braverman – The Irish Times said it showed ‘that Truss is nowhere near to getting out of the jail into which her tax-cutting obsession has landed her.’

Columnist Martin Kettle added: ‘These posts once used to be called some of the great offices of state. 

‘Now they are just batons that are passed, dropped and exchanged in the endless ministerial relay race and permanent leadership contest to which the party has now been reduced by its own idiocy.’

The Tories, he concluded, ‘are an ungovernable party that is more than ever unable to govern the country.’

Italy’s La Repubblica likened Truss’s government to ‘a ship desperately throwing ballast overboard in order not to sink’

Liberation , a French daily newspaper, detected ‘something rancid in the Tory tea’ saying the ‘circus to which we have now become accustomed’ has descended into ‘absolute, total and abject chaos’

Meanwhile Columbian daily newspaper, El Colombiano , dubbed the Prime Minister ‘Liz Truss the Brief’

Le Monde, one of France’s largest daily papers, agreed – saying that Truss is now a Prime Minister ‘without authority or a political ideology’, having scrapped almost all of her major policies since coming to power.

‘How long can she hold on?’ was the headline in Germany’s usually Conservative-friendly tabloid Bild as it described a ‘haywire’ evening in parliament that ‘stretched Tory nerves to breaking point’.

It added: ‘The government crisis in London, which has been smoldering for weeks, has worsened considerably.’

Italy’s La Repubblica likened Truss’s government to ‘a ship desperately throwing ballast overboard in order not to sink.’

Meanwhile Columbian daily newspaper, El Colombiano, dubbed the Prime Minister ‘Liz Truss the Brief’.

‘What is happening in the UK is an interesting hard landing exercise in reality,’ it said.

‘Liz Truss, British Prime Minister for just six weeks, has managed to drag her party and the country into a debacle like never before. And at such speed.

‘Clinging to her ideology, and removed from the reality of the country, Truss perfectly exemplifies what it means to go against common sense.’

It added: ‘She is not alone, behind her is all the stubbornness of a Conservative Party that believed that by supporting Brexit and disconnecting from the European Union, they would be able to recover the empire they once were. 

‘That is not reality. That train left a long time ago.’

Truss is today engaged in an increasingly desperate struggle for survival as the 1922 committee chief headed into Downing Street for talks.

Sir Graham Brady is in No10 meeting the PM after 24 hours of carnage that saw the Home Secretary quit, confusion over whether the Chief Whip had followed her out of the door, and MPs wrestling in Commons voting lobbies.

No10 sources said the premier invited the party shop steward in for a discussion following a ‘difficult day’ – but denied that she has any intention of resigning.

The showdown comes as a series of previously-loyal MPs joining calls for her to go. Even supportive Cabinet ministers had been conceding the situation is ‘terminal’.

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