- 20 Oct 22
In a tweet, Yorke paraphrased 'No Surprises', comparing Liz Truss’ rightwing Conservative Party to “cats in a bag tearing themselves to pieces while the country suffers.”
Radiohead's Thom Yorke has shared his feelings on the outgoing British prime minister, Liz Truss, calling the ruling Conservative Party “cats in a bag tearing themselves to pieces while the country suffers in extreme distress.”
Paraphrasing the OK Computer track 'No Surprises', the Radiohead and Smile frontman took to Twitter, agreeing with calls from public figures and opposition parties for an immediate general election.
Yorke tweeted: “bring down this UK government, they do not speak for us, right the fuck now. they have no authority, no mandate, no clue, cats in a bag tearing themselves to pieces while the country suffers in extreme distress. enough of this shit. shame on them.”
Liz Truss announced her resignation this morning after 45 days in office, making her time as British Prime Minister the shortest in British history.
The main reason for the resignation was the mini-budget that Truss and her chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng revealed last month. The radical right-wing move barely tackled the UK’s cost-of-living crisis all-the-while lowering taxes and limiting public spending. The budget crashed the country’s economy, with the pound dropping drastically under the outgoing PM.
Truss secured the party leadership after the resignation of Boris Johnson, using an aggressively anti-woke campaign. Subsequently she tanked the Conservative Party’s seemingly never-ending popularity among the British public, event turning factions of her own party against her. Truss scrambled to save face by firing Kwarteng, a move which completely failed to reassure the markets, members of her party, or the public.
The Conservative Party now moves to assign its fifth prime minister in the 12 years since it took control from the Labour Party in 2010.
Rarely one to shy away from criticising British politicians, Yorke has always boasted an outspoke nature, particularly with regard to Brexit. Back in 2019, the frontman commented on the then prime minister, Theresa May, saying she had used her position to “threaten chaos upon this land” and “bring into question the lives of millions in this country as a bargaining tool.”
More reactions to the news of Liz Truss' resignation across social media have been shared since the announcement.
British news outlet the Daily Star recently put up a live stream of a head of lettuce to see if it could outlive Liz Truss' time as PM. People all over Twitter celebrated today as the lettuce won.
British newspaper Daily Star put up a livestream of a lettuce to see if it would outlast Liz Truss as UK Prime Minister.
Today, the lettuce proved triumphant as Liz Truss became the shortest serving Prime Minister in history with just 45 days in office. pic.twitter.com/ELFcgDRbIY
— Pop Base (@PopBase) October 20, 2022
🚨 THE LETTUCE HAS OFFICIALLY OUTLASTED LIZ TRUSS AND WON 🚨
ALL HAIL THE LETTUCE.
— Daily Star (@dailystar) October 20, 2022
The lettuce after outliving Liz Truss pic.twitter.com/1gXV3LVHVy
— Saint Hoax (@SaintHoax) October 20, 2022
The UK now waits to see who will take Truss' place as the next British Prime Minister.
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