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Hardly any true conservative had put much hope in a Liz Truss cabinet in the UK. But no one could imagine what a giant blunder her government would be.
In fact, it’s the shortest for a PM in the UK’s history. Even if we account for English kings since Alfred the Great as heads of government, Truss’ government is the third-shortest (fourth if we consider Lady Jane Grey’s nine-day reign in the 16th century), and the shortest in half a century.
Conservatives were not enamored with Truss, not because of her lack of political grit but because of her views. A chameleonic character, Truss has gone from Liberal Democrat to Tory, from Remainer to Brexiteer, from backbencher to Prime Minister—and once again to a backbencher. She was not considered a reliable conservative, which kept many on the right of the party away from her.
Yet, no one could ever foresee her lack of political ability.
At a moment where Tories were already unpopular and everyone expected her to carry business as usual and unite the party, she tried to play the Iron Lady game, without the control over the party nor the charisma of Thatcher, and lost… Badly.
Truss proposed giant budget and tax cuts which raised alarms in the market and led her to be even more unpopular than Prince Andrew, a good friend of the late Jeffrey Epstein. She also proposed to increase migration, which confirmed the suspicions of the most conservative Tories.
Truss suffered an all-too-common political problem of today: She didn’t understand her role: to allow Tories to survive until the next general election. She was supposed to keep the Downing Street 10 seat warm for a couple of years. Maybe, if she did that, she might’ve been popular enough to turn her views into actual policy. But no. Apparently, she believed herself to have Thatcher’s mandate with Churchill’s charisma. Now she will be little more than a random trivia fact of British history.
All hail Liz the Brief?
Edgar is political scientist and philosopher. He defends the Catholic intellectual tradition. Edgar writes about religion, ideology, culture, US politics, abortion, and the Supreme Court. Twitter: @edgarjbb_ // Edgar es politólogo y filósofo. Defiende la tradición intelectual católica. Edgar escribe sobre religión, ideología, cultura, política doméstica, aborto y la Corte Suprema. Twitter: @edgarjbb_