Liz Truss becomes the new Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Here’s what it means for you and me

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On September 5, 2022 at 12:30 p.m., the new British Prime Minister was announced to the public. Having been subjected to six weeks of the political campaign, citizens across the country are gratefully putting the stress of the ‘mad dash for Downing Street’ to bed.

Faced with Rishi Sunak on one side and Liz Truss on the other, it’s not hard to see why none of the Conservative candidates were particularly popular with voters. Nonetheless, with BoJo entirely absent and Truss entering to replace him, it’s time to consider the realities of what might have been and what to expect – or rather fear – from the new prime minister. But first, let’s go back to what the unsuccessful candidate represented.

Bad luck for Dishy Rishi

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer began his campaign by portraying himself to the public as a trusted and valued MP. His political career, which began in 2015, bore an incredibly recognizable public hallmark: a tight suit, a relaxed smile and controversial economic policies.

After a brilliant education at Winchester College, Oxford University and Stanford University, Sunak sought a political life, rising rapidly through the conservative ranks. Its most significant characteristic, according to The Economist, is its double identity. Specifically, Sunak gained traction in the British political sphere by taking advantage of a “socially liberal” ideology, while simultaneously pursuing an aggressive economic strategy.

Sunak navigates British politics as an economic pragmatist who, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, claimed he would do “whatever it takes” to save the country from financial collapse. That said, the former chancellor also maintains an identity ideological position. In a 2019 interview with the BBC, Sunak emphasized how much his identity as an ethnic minority meant a lot to him. Having experienced racism himself in the UK, he recognizes the importance of both cultural acceptance and education.

On the other hand, Sunak faced countless criticisms during his bid for prime minister. And for good reason: the policy of the former Chancellor has been repeatedly condemned as irresponsible, insensitive and dangerous.

In one particular example, Sunak was filmed speaking with members of the Conservative Party in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent. In summerhe leaked images posted by The new statesmanSunak bragged to voters in the affluent city: “We inherited a bunch of Labour’s formulas that pushed all funding into deprived urban areas and had to be rolled back. I started the work of undoing that. Another deaf Tory politician – are we surprised at all?

Throughout the highly conservative leadership race, Sunak has often been called “the underdog.” That moniker unfortunately failed to dissuade the former chancellor from maintaining a ‘tough stance’ on his economic policy – ​​uneven would be a more apt term.

Although he rejected his opponents’ claims to have a “catastrophic” approach to the economy of the country, Sunak has often shown a lack of understanding for the daily struggles. The Guardianreporting on the politician’s personal wealth, explained that Sunak had a history of controversially using “non-domiciled” status to flout tax restrictions, primarily through his wife, who would have avoided paying UK tax of £20 million on overseas income. .

Things could only get worse if Sunak went so far as to borrow a Sainsbury’s ordinary worker’s car for a publicity photo shoot – oh wait, he did. Oops.

While the leave Brexit politician failed to clinch the title of prime minister, we expect his desperate bid for the top dog position to be far from over. In fact, his most recent line of attack has targeted what he calls the “woke leftist culture,” which seeks to “cancel our women.” As said so well New rosesHaving spoken little about LGBTQIA+ rights in the past, Sunak tried to please the conservative right by promising to protect women from erasure and “use trans rights as a pawn to win support.”

‘Unfortunately’ for Sunak, it didn’t quite go to plan.

New self-proclaimed ‘disruptor-in-chief’ Liz Truss

Now for the main event: the new official Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The ballot was read by Tory MP Sir Graham Brady, with Truss securing 81,326 votes and Sunak only 60,399.

During his acceptance speech, Truss thanked his family, campaign team, fellow party members and…”my friend Boris Johnson”. While for some, Truss may seem like the lesser of two evils, This is not the case. Read on to find out what awaits the country under a Truss government.

The self-proclaimed “chief troublemaker” managed to work his way into the most prestigious office in the country. Once chairwoman of the Liberal Democrats at Oxford University, Truss is now universally known for her work in the Conservative Party.

Having held posts as Environment Secretary, Trade Secretary and in the Treasury, Truss is familiar with British politics and, as Prime Minister, promised ‘radical action’ to deal with the still-unfolding crisis. rising cost of living.

The complete truth about Liz Truss’ politics

1. Taxes, expenses and cost of living

According The GuardianTruss’ clear economic priority is to cut taxes,”She has promised to reverse the recent National Insurance increase and reverse a planned rise in corporation tax, at a combined cost of around £30. [billion] a year.However, experts have expressed skepticism about a tax cut-based response to the cost of living crisis, primarily concerned about how this approach may disproportionately benefit high earners and hurt those on the low end. depend on pensions or benefits.

Additionally, the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) warned that Truss’ pledge to spend 3% of national income on defense would cost extra £157 billionas reported by BBC. The well-known think tank warned of the impact the move could have on the public.

2. Immigration

In a cruel twist of fate, Truss followed in former opponent Sunak’s footsteps by promising more’Rwandan style‘ offers in the future.

Early in the campaign, Truss publicly stated that she intended to explore similar partnerships with other countries. It has also pledged to increase the UK’s frontline border force by 20% and to double the maritime strength of the border force, as reported by the Bloomberg.

As aptly described in The Guardian, Truss presented herself as “the true heir to Johnson who will finish the job of overhauling immigration policy.” Thanks, but no thanks.

3. Truss is really a laughing matter

Who said breakfast TV wasn’t entertaining? Sunday mornings are often synonymous with half-awake coffees, bacon rolls and Netflix True Crime Documentaries. For journalist Laura Kuenssberg, however, they are filled to the brim with a carousel of Britain’s top politicians – being the loose term – who take turns sitting opposite her and being grilled in a voluntarily uncomfortable red chair.

This particular Sunday, broadcast on September 4, featured an interview with none other than the future Prime Minister. Kuenssberg’s conversation with the politician had a number of moments that we could only describe as disturbing.

According to Truss, not only was the cost of living not a crisis, but it was a situation that the UK was very well placed to deal with – yes, she said that. In fact, she went on to insist that her plan to cut taxes was intrinsically important because it was necessary to reward the better-off in society. Say what?

Fortunately, Birmingham-based award-winning comedian Joe Lycett was on his side and posed to use his sarcastic skills. As the interview drew to a close, Lycett was heard exclaiming in the background, “She’ll fix everything!” You broke it, Liz!

The comedian also reiterated his “support” for Truss: “I think haters will say we’ve had 12 years of Tories, and we’re kind of on the dregs of what they have available, and Liz Truss is kind of like the backlash of available MPs. I wouldn’t say that, because I’m incredibly right wing, but some people might say that.

Since September 5, 2022, Truss has officially moved to 10 Downing Street and becomes the country’s new Prime Minister. It will take until the next general election in 2025 before the public can challenge this. Wish us luck.

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