Liz Truss launched an attack on Joe Biden and Greta Thunberg to promote her book. Ten years to save the West.
The UK’s shortest-serving prime minister, whose term lasted just 49 days, will argue that Western governments have been gripped by “left-wing orthodoxy” which she says ended her term as prime minister.
In an interview with the Post on SundayMs Truss said Mr Biden was keen to impose socialist policies on Europe and the UK.
And she said Ms Thunberg was part of an “anti-capitalist environmental movement” and claimed the pair set the tone for “what is politically acceptable”.
“There is no doubt in my mind that what Biden is doing is hurting the US economy by implementing huge subsidies, huge spending, raising taxes and now trying to force this on the rest of the world through the OECD minimum tax agreement,” said Ms. Truss said.
“It is not enough for Biden to just pursue socialist economic policies in the US, he also wants to export these socialist economic policies to Europe and the UK,” she added.
Ms Truss said she feared the prospect of a double whammy between Sir Keir Starmer and Mr Biden if Labor won the general election expected next year.
And linking President Biden to the Swedish environmental activist, Ms. Truss added: “There is the global left, which Biden is obviously a part of, but also the global environmental movement, the Greta Thunbergs of the world, the anti-capitalist movement, and they have been very effective at pushing what is politically acceptable.”
Ms Truss promises that her book, due to be published in April next year, will “set out what we must do to counter the catastrophic ideas of the global left and stop the rise of totalitarian regimes”.
One of the problems she saw in office was that she was often “the only conservative in the room” at international summits.
“I think I asked the question: Why is this? Why is it that the left is winning the race, even though they have been a conservative MP for 13 years and even though conservative ideas have been proven right time and time again?” she said.
Elsewhere in the interview, a year after becoming prime minister, Ms Truss revealed that her once close political friendship with Kwasi Kwarteng – whom she sacked as chancellor – had effectively ended.
And she admitted she “still finds it difficult to understand what happened during her turbulent time in Downing Street”.
“I was going against a system and against an orthodoxy that was gradually moving to the left,” she said, pointing to the Bank of England and the Office for Budget Responsibility as she recalled the “seismic” period in politics .