Sweden’s PM Magdalena Andersson was among those who managed to mistakenly congratulate Trussell, who has been revelling in the confusion, firing back with wisecracks and jokes. “Congratulations to Liz Truss,” Andersson wrote, adding, “Looking forward to a visit soon!” Trussell replied. “Get the meatballs ready”.
Among others to get the two mixed up — after Truss won the contest to be the new Conservative Party leader — were MP and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas. Lucas berated Truss in her tweet for being a “right-wing ideologue” and predicting her tenure in number 10 would be a “disaster for all of us”. She later apologised, adding that Trussell would “probably make a better job” of leading the country. “I’m in! Vegas for everybody,” responded Trussell, who has around 3,400 followers compared to Truss’s over 3,60,000. Trussell has certainly been enjoying her moment in the limelight.
After Truss was accused on Twitter of snubbing her rival for the Tory leadership Rishi Sunak by not shaking his hand before her victory speech, Trussell explained she had been busy at a restaurant. “Sorry, I was in Nandos,” she responded. And her humorous responses have won her plenty of admirers, with one local politician proposing apetition in her support. “Petition for @Liztruss to become PM in place of @trussliz,” wrote Matt Dent on Monday.