The Guardian view on Liz Truss and British workers: the mask slips | Editorial

In a televised Conservative leadership debate last month, Liz Truss was questioned about a passage in a book that she co-authored with other neo-Thatcherite luminaries in her party. British workers, it asserted, are among the “worst idlers in the world”. Not her words, parried Ms Truss, correctly judging that this kind of slander might not be helpful in fostering good relations between a potential prime minister and the country she wishes to lead. “Dominic Raab wrote that chapter.”

Mr Raab has pointed out that the authors of Britannia Unchained, published in 2012, took collective responsibility for its contents. But we do not now need to rely on his testimony. A leaked recording of Ms Truss in illuminating conversation, published by the Guardian this week, confirms that…

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