She has personality traits and political characteristics that are very similar to those of Boris Johnson.
Even the slowest members of the Conservative Party must have been shaken by now. That cat-bow blouse she wore to one of the televised debates. All those screaming photos of him riding a tank, sitting in a fighter jet, and wearing a fake fur hat in Moscow’s Red Square. Added to this is the claim that she is a steely woman of conviction who will bulldoze through the establishment barrier in a heroic mission to save Britain. Liz Truss clearly isn’t so fanatical as to call herself the second Margaret Thatcher, but she’s very happy to encourage that confusion among Tory members.
Rating of Liz Truss: Andrew Rawnsley
She definitely reminds me of a white prime minister with intense ambitions and an outlandish personality, but she doesn’t. The Tory leader she most closely resembles is not Mrs. Thatcher. This is Boris Johnson. If Tory workers choose Ms. Truss, they will replace Mr. Johnson with someone who shares many of her personal and political characteristics.
When it comes to reigning, she will reach No. 10, with a weak record. “She was never very good at what she did,” says a Tory who sat in the cabinet with her. David Cameron promoted her to the top table in 2014, where she has been sitting since. This makes her the longest-serving member of the cabinet and yet co-workers struggle to identify a single achievement she can truly claim as all her work.
A debtor of her style is pantomime, another trait she shares with the outgoing prime minister.
The most memorable legacy of his period as Environment Secretary was a toe-twisting horrific speech to a Tory convention in which he discredited himself that two-thirds of the cheese eaten in Britain was imported. “That’s a disgrace,” she announced to astonishing delegates and laughing reporters.
Her style is indebted to pantomime, another characteristic she shares with the outgoing prime minister. She has a Johnsonian penchant for provocative rhetoric expressed in flamboyant phrases. In the absence of her talent as an entertainer, she may even sound like a robot with poorly circuitry. Her collected quotes include gems such as “I want to surf the zeitgeist where all this is happening”.
Theresa made her the first woman Lord Chancellor and then less than a year later demoted her to a role that overwhelmed her. The first job offered to her by Mr. Johnson was international trade secretary, which she used to satisfy her hunger for self-promotion. Surrounded by a Union Jack, she hailed Brexit and every deal she signed as a resounding victory for herself when most of them only rolled over agreements Britain had already signed as an EU member. as enjoyed.
Mr. Johnson promoted her to foreign secretary last autumn because she was popular with Tory workers and wanted to be a counterweight to Rishi Sunak. A tireless trumpeter of her own trumpet, she claims that she “stands before Vladimir Putin”. The people who really stand up are the brave citizens of Ukraine. Ms. Truss is one of a group of politicians delivering speeches condemning the Russian dictator.
She also likes to brag that she presided over a bargain with the Iranians to secure the release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe. He put effort into it, but comes distastefully close to suggesting that it was a purely personal coup, rather than the culmination of years of propaganda and behind-the-scenes talks by the family.
A senior Tory commented, “I know all politicians do this, but he’s a bulk appropriator of the credit he doesn’t deserve.” This is another trademark shared with Mr. Johnson.
The only constant of his brazen volunteer ascent to the top was the advancement of his own ambitions. In extremely challenging times, Britain could now do with a less volatile and narcissistic and more serious and responsible personality as its head of government. One of the questions plaguing many of Truss’s aides, less than a third of whom supported her in lawmakers’ final ballots, is whether her political journey is anything more than unlimited self-esteem and relentless self-promotion. Has been too.
She was a left-wing lib dem as a student at Oxford and gained attention by taking a party convention proposal to abolish the monarchy. After graduation, she switched to a conservatory. She was a Cameroonian “modernist” when it was Tory fashion and she was seeking a parliamentary seat. She was a relic in the 2016 referendum, arguing that membership in the single market was “precious”.
The power within the Tory party was then in the hands of Remainers and aligning with him was a smart career move. When Out won, David Cameron stepped down and Levers began to take over the party, becoming not only a born-again Brexiter but a fervent apology for the extremely hard version on Britain…
With reckless fervor of late converts, she is hyper-aggressive about the Northern Ireland Protocol, saying she is prepared to unilaterally tear down large parts of the agreement with the EU, even Even at the risk of starting a trade war in the midst of that cost of living crisis. With all his scoffing, the outgoing prime minister was secretly nervous about what would happen to an already battered economy. In the war against Europe, Ms. Truss, former Remainer, is now outclassed to Johnson.
“Liz is so funny!” One of his cabinet-level supporters recently told me what I used to hear from Johnson’s supporters before pouring into Downing Street. She is another liberal with contempt for rules and traditions. The national media first noticed her when she got into trouble with local party workers over her affair with Conservative MP Mark Fields.
That’s exactly as close to firecrackers as I’ve met in Parliament
“I’ve never liked what I do,” he said in a speech at the London School of Economics, he praised people with a “crazy spirit”, scoffed at environmental regulations and government advice on healthy eating, and Said: “I see myself as the disruptor-in-chief!”
Others say that he is a “human grenade”. Dominic Cummings, who has known him for a long time, comments:
“She is exactly as close to firecrackers as anyone I have met in Parliament.” She predicts that she will be prime minister “even worse” than her former boss. The basis on which one needs to know, that assessment is extremely worrying.
The signature pledge of her campaign is that she can take an immediate tax cut of £30 billion by putting costs on borrowings. Mrs. Thatcher would not appreciate it; She would be amazed at the triviality of such fantasy economics. The Iron Lady did not believe in gifts without money and inflation. When the government is already making record interest payments on its borrowings, it will be intimidated by the notion of more national debt piling up. A truism is not Thatcherism. What she’s pedaling are cakes. In this sense also she is the real successor of the outgoing Prime Minister.
She is anointed one of the Johnsonites. Her loudest cheerleaders are Jacob Rees-Mogg and Nadine Doris. The pro-Johnson media have eroded their axes in a brutal attempt to destroy their competitors. This is partly because she remained in his cabinet to a shabby end and partly because the Brextrimists think she will be their puppet.
“She is the adopted child of the ERG [European Research Group] and all the other batshit groups on the right side of the party,”
Says a Tory MP, who would describe himself as a right-wing man. Some think Mr. Johnson wants him to succeed not just because he hates Mr. Sunak, but because he believes Mrs. Truss will protect him and his secrets. Mr. Cummings has a conspiracy theory, which seems so wacky it may be true, that Mr. Johnson believes there is a good chance he will blow up at No. 10, opening the door for his return…
She is the only modern-day prime minister to have been fired by his own MPs for being unfit to hold office. Under those circumstances, and taking into account what the public thinks, you can expect the Conservative Party not to choose a successor apparently who is as young as possible. If the vote of the small selector’s intentions is accurate, the Tory party is embracing someone who has many of the same characteristics. The last thing Britain wants or needs is a Boris Johnson Mark 2, but there’s nothing Britain can do to stop Tory workers from handing the key to Number 10 to another wild blonde opportunist whose primary talent is spinning fairies…
Article by- Andrew Rawlsley is the Observer’s chief political commentator