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Who is Liz Truss, the “iron lady” who melted in six weeks | PROFILE

Liz Truss took the reins of United Kingdom with the idea of ​​providing a neoliberal shock to the country and resurrecting the spirit of Margaret Thatcher, but six weeks of miscalculations and political awkwardness have served to melt whoever aspired to become a new “iron lady”.

With his resignation today culminates one of the most exceptional and convulsive periods in recent British history, which ends with the shortest term of a prime minister in Downing Street.

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On September 6, with a visit to Queen Elizabeth II at her Balmoral castle, Truss began her mandate. It could not be a good omen that the monarch died only two days after receiving the “tory” leader.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Britain’s new Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister-elect Liz Truss meet at Balmoral Castle in Ballater, Scotland, on September 6, 2022. (Jane Barlow / AFP ).

Liz Truss addresses the media at Downing Street in London, Thursday, October 20, 2022, to announce her resignation.  (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

Liz Truss addresses the media at Downing Street in London, Thursday, October 20, 2022, to announce her resignation. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

The former prime minister reached the position boosted in the primaries by the conservative baseswho appreciated his uninhibited speech and his intention to turn the country’s course to the right.

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Despite this, no one missed the fact that in the previous votes among the deputies themselves “Tories” She had never led the preferences and only went on to dispute the leadership with the former Minister of Economy Rishi Sunak by just eight votes.

Without the legitimacy that Johnson had thanks to his landslide victory in 2019 or strong support in his own ranks, Truss landed in Downing Street with feet of clay.

This did not prevent his then Economy Minister, on September 23, Kwasi Kwartengintroduce yourself the biggest tax cut in half a century, with no other plan to finance it than to indebt the country; markets responded by shooting up sovereign debt premiums and sinking the pound.

The resignation of Liz Truss.  (AFP).

The resignation of Liz Truss. (AFP).

That day was the beginning of the end for Truss. From then on, he could only dedicate himself to dismissing Kwarteng and amending all his measures one by one, until reaching the final humiliation of seeing the new Minister of the Economy, Jemery Hunt, completely dismantle a plan full of “ mistakes”.

His expressionless sneer that day, on the bench behind Hunt, earned him comparisons in the ruthless British press to a “specter” still in office but empty of power.

His last desperate moves, such as appearing on the BBC to make an act of contrition and ask for forgiveness, served no purpose other than to delay a destiny that was already written.

Profile of Liz Truss.  (AFP).

Profile of Liz Truss. (AFP).


Before becoming prime minister, she had held the Foreign Affairs portfolio in the last year, from where she unleashed harsh rhetoric against Russia and China, and led a clash with the European Union (EU) that still threatens to escalate into a trade war.

She was the promoter of the law that will allow London to breach the Brexit agreement and became the first defender of the “opportunities” that the United Kingdom sees outside the EU, despite the fact that she passionately defended permanence before the referendum. of 2016 -leaving the bloc would be a “tragedy”, he wrote-.

Despite everything, as chief executive, she seemed to take a more possibilistic approach to the European question.

With a reputation for being a skilful politician in short distances, during the “Tory” primary campaign and her short stint in Downing Street, doubts grew about her ability to mobilize the masses, especially as the successor to someone as charismatic as Johnson.

Liz Truss reacts as she leaves the Conservative Party headquarters on September 5, 2022. (Photo by Niklas HALLE'N / AFP).

Liz Truss reacts as she leaves the Conservative Party headquarters on September 5, 2022. (Photo by Niklas HALLE’N / AFP). (NIKLAS HALLE’N/)

Raised in a left-wing family. She was a republican herself during her youth in a monarchical country. Liberal-Democrat before “Tory”. Truss was able to overcome all her contradictions to grow within the Conservative Party with a strong career in which her first ministerial portfolio, Environment, came to her in 2014.

She served in the cabinets of David Cameron, Theresa May and Boris Johnson, who gave her the big break of her career by moving her from International Trade (where she had forged the first post-Brexit agreements with third countries) to the Foreign Office.

In Foreign Affairs, he obtained the springboard from which to aspire to the main course, the head of the Government. Just six weeks later, he leaves her with her head down and a very brief blur in the history books.

Source: Elcomercio

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