Tag Archives: Liz Truss

Culture: The New Review Magazine – Nov 13, 2022

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Punk poet Patti Smith speaks to @KateKellaway1 about her new photography book @BloomsburyBooks @cyrilzed.

Out of the Blue by Harry Cole and James Heale – the salad days of Lettuce Liz Truss

This biography of Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister was overtaken by events, but its lively style and air of authority illuminates her failings

The Path of Peace by Anthony Seldon review – a trail of painful history

The writer’s vivid account of walking the Western Front Way illuminates the traumas of the first world war while reassessing his own tumultuous life

Politics: The Guardian Weekly – October 28, 2022

The cover of the 28 October edition of the Guardian Weekly.

The Guardian – Inside the October 28, 2022 Issue:

Britain’s political fever dream continued apace this week as Rishi Sunak became prime minister without anyone even voting for him. The former chancellor, the country’s third prime minister in less than two months and the fifth in six years, is also the UK’s first leader of colour and the first Hindu to take the office.

Jonathan Freedland considers how big a blow Truss’s ill-judged stint in power has delivered to the school of neoliberal economic thought.

Brazil also faces a judgment day this weekend, as Jair Bolsonaro and Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva square up in a presidential runoff of deep significance for the country and the planet, with the protection of the Amazon at stake. The outcome is on such a knife-edge that not even the nation’s gangsters can decide who to vote for, as our Latin America correspondent Tom Phillips reports.

On the subject of the environment, don’t miss Naomi Klein’s long read about how Egypt’s government has used the coming Cop27 conference to greenwash its own oppressive political activities.

Then, there’s a revealing interview with Chelsea Manning, who opens up to Emma Brockes on what really happened when she leaked thousands of classified US military documents.

News: Liz Truss Resigns, UK Political Chaos, Nigeria Elections, Ukraine Energy

After a chaotic 45 days in office, Liz Truss has stepped down as the UK’s shortest-serving prime minister. Plus: Nigeria prepares for elections, a flick through the day’s papers, and the latest business news.

Previews: The Economist Magazine – Oct 22, 2022

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Welcome to Britaly

A country of political instability, low growth and subordination to the bond markets

In 2012 liz truss and Kwasi Kwarteng, two of the authors of a pamphlet called “Britannia Unchained”, used Italy as a warning. Bloated public services, low growth, poor productivity: the problems of Italy and other southern European countries were also present in Britain. Ten years later, in their botched attempt to forge a different path, Ms Truss and Mr Kwarteng have helped make the comparison inescapable. Britain is still blighted by disappointing growth and regional inequality. But it is also hobbled by chronic political instability and under the thumb of the bond markets. Welcome to Britaly.

Headlines: Iranian Drones Attack Ukraine, Liz Truss Woes, U.S.-Canada Aid Haiti

Russia launches a fresh offensive on Ukraine’s cities, the British public is reassured that the prime minister “is not under a desk” as political turmoil continues, and Canada and the US send defence equipment to Haiti as the crisis deepens. Plus: the winner of the 2022 Booker Prize and the BBC marks 100 years.

Previews: The Economist Magazine – Sept 10, 2022

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Can Liz Truss fix Britain?

The new prime minister must eschew pantomime radicalism if she is to succeed. The sceptics have many reasons to be dubious—yet underestimating Liz Truss is a mistake her opponents have already made to their cost.