Liz Truss, Britain’s new Prime Minister, is the ‘woman of turns’

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  • Fleur Lonsbach

    UK and Ireland correspondent

  • Fleur Lonsbach

    UK and Ireland correspondent

Liz Truss He becomes the new prime minister United kingdom. The 47-year-old politician was elected by the majority of the Conservative Party to take responsibility for this great work to carry. It provides her with a guaranteed place in British history – yet to be written.

Truss took up her first cabinet position in 2012 and has since grown rapidly within the Conservative Party. First as an enthusiastic Minister of International Trade who took the country under the banner GlobalBritain Put it back on the map after Brexit, with several trade agreements.

She was then appointed Foreign Minister in Boris Johnson’s second government. Supporters describe her as a doer: someone who not only creates policy, but can also implement it.

woman turns

Truss’s political path is not at all popular. The daughter of left-wing parents from the north of England – like many Conservative British prime ministers – did not go to the private Eton School. After normal public school, she secured a place at Oxford and initially joined the opposition party: the Liberal Democrats.

There she spoke in favor of the abolition of the monarchy – a mortal sin within the royal conservatives. Her Brexit turn also makes Truss a very formidable choice for the right wing of the Conservative Party: in 2016 she voted against Britons leaving the EU, but decided only to make Brexit work.

New Thatcher

Within the Conservative Party, Truss developed into a neo-Thatcherite libertarian, wanting a return to the core values ​​of conservative thought: low taxes, small government, and free markets. Her foreign policy does not seem to focus particularly on making friends: she recently confided in a debate that she was not yet sure whether French President Emmanuel Macron was a “friend” or an “enemy”.

Brexit agreements with the EU over Northern Ireland’s borders will not be treaded lightly under her leadership either: a bill to unilaterally scrap the agreements would no doubt have her blessing.

It has no intention of treating Scotland peacefully. For example, she said she wanted to ignore the leader of the Scottish Nationalists (SNP), Nicola Sturgeon – and thus fight for Scottish independence. He described sturgeon truss as an “attention seeker”.

Big challenges

As prime minister, he gets truss Enormous challenges on the plate. The country is on the brink of recession. Purchasing power has not been this low in 60 years and millions of Britons will not be able to pay their energy bills this winter. It will have to act immediately to curb the economic crisis.

Throughout the campaign, Truss favored cutting taxes to boost the economy reinforces. Policies the Tories will hear, but it’s not a measure that will help countless elderly and low-income people get through the winter. Whereas, it is precisely these groups that suffer from high energy prices and rapidly rising inflation.

In her victory speech today, Truss said she would lay out a “bold plan” to cut taxes and grow the economy:

New British Prime Minister Liz Truss thanks her “boyfriend Boris”, who wants to tackle energy bills and cut taxes

But many economists question her plan to cut taxes on the one hand and, at the same time, increase the national debt by borrowing. Her rival for the premiership, former finance minister Rishi Sunak, warned her economic ideas would increase inflation and devalue the pound.

Johnson’s return

Then there is another problem for the new prime minister: the shadow of Boris Johnson. According to opinion polls, half of the Conservative Party now regrets firing the charismatic politician. Nobody, not even the outgoing prime minister himself, rules out the possibility that he might try to come back at all.

Johnson is missed most because the Conservative Party is trailing Labor in national opinion polls. According to many Conservative Party members, Johnson is the only candidate who can unite the party and reach British voters in both the north and south of England. After all, he won a landslide victory for the Conservatives in the 2019 election — a majority they lost at an unprecedented rate.

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