Truss' first day: UK new PM vows imminent action on energy crisis
An interesting quirk in politics as we stride into the future is that our new politicians are tracked by the digital footprints they leave behind them.
We'd have loved to see Margaret Thatcher's TikTok dances, or selfies in Downing Street captioned "poll tax riots :( #FML #longday", could only but shudder at the tweets Winston Churchill would post to get himself cancelled on a daily basis, but alas that simply was not possible.
We have no such yearning about what could have been about the new prime minister Liz Truss, though, who is very much online, so much so that her aides at the Department for International Trade reportedly joked they worked for the 'Department for Instagramming Truss'.
She's even been criticised for her online presence. Just before Russia invaded Ukraine, Truss posted snaps of her in Moscow. It didn't go down well. “At a moment when Europe faces its biggest security crisis in decades, Liz Truss seems more interested in Instagram diplomacy than working with our allies,” said Layla Moran, the Liberal Democrat foreign affairs spokesperson.
“These serious times deserve serious leaders. We need a foreign secretary focused on the task at hand, not using a taxpayer-funded photographer to further her leadership ambitions.”