Liz Truss wants to create a different image of her country by keeping it away not only from Europe but also from the shadow of America
Liz Truss, 47, has finally been elected Prime Minister after lagging behind in the initial stages of the Conservative Party's internal elections for the position of the next Prime Minister of Great Britain, which is considered the foundation of the current democracy around the world. She is the 6th Prime Minister of Britain who has been elected in the last 4 years, the 56th Prime Minister of British democracy and the third female Prime Minister of Britain after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May, known as the "Iron Lady". Fighting and never giving up, Liz Truss' father was a math professor, and her mother was a nurse. After completing her studies, she also worked as an accountant for some time and then entered politics.
These elections were held due to the resignation of Prime Minister Boris Johnson of the old Conservative Party government of Great Britain. Liz Truss, who was the foreign minister in the former government of Boris Johnson, defeated Rishi Sunak, who was the finance minister during the Johnson government, by a huge margin of about 21 thousand votes. However, Rishi Sunak was outpacing Liz Truss in the early stages.
The people of Britain also did not like Rishi Sunak's "cheating" with Boris Johnson, whom Rishi Sunak described as his "political guru," which Sunak's detractors called a betrayal of Boris because Sunak was the first to do so. By resigning, there was a blast in British politics. In the history of England, since the beginning of democracy in the 13th century, only people of British origin have become Prime Ministers. Although Sunak is a British citizen by nature, only people born in Britain have become Prime Ministers. Therefore, even this slight notion formed in the minds of the British people may have gone against them, and the customs are not completely British.
Rishi Sunak is a British national of Indian origin and a world-class economist. Born in 1980, Sunak studied at Oxford and Stanford universities. In 2009, he got married to Akshata Murthy, daughter of NR Narayan Murthy and Sudha Murthy, founders of Infosys. He was elected to the House of Commons in 2015 and became the finance minister of the country in 2020. Sunak's candidacy for the post of Prime Minister is significant as Indians are the largest minority supporters of the Conservative Party after Jews.
According to Neha Shah of Oxford University, Indians arrived in England in large numbers in two periods: first, during the 1940-1950s when England needed workers; and secondly, during the 1970s when they were expelled from the East African countries of Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania.
Indians arriving in England in the first period (1940s–50s) participated in labor movements and opposed apartheid; he became more and more a supporter of the Labor Party. A large number of Indians who arrived in Britain during the 1970s became supporters of the Conservative Party.
Rishi Sunak, former Home Minister Priti Patel, and Attorney General Suella Braverman are the sons and daughters of Indians who came to England in the 1970s.
According to Neha Shah, the elders of these Indians got the patronage of the British government in Kenya, Uganda, and Tanzania, due to which they made economic and political progress. For this reason, they are mostly supporters of the Conservative Party. The Conservative Party believes in stricter immigration laws. Despite all this, the election of Truss as Prime Minister is a testimony to the fact that internal democracy is maintained in the political parties of England and the work of electing leaders is done with transparency.
Because of this, a large liberal section of Britain, and especially the Conservative Party, were supporting him with their policies and plans regarding the nation's economy. However, former Prime Minister Boris Johnson emerged as his biggest opponent and blamed Rishi Sunak for the downfall of his government. Boris Johnson's government was also engulfed in serious scandals from many sides. But the Russia-Ukraine war is also thought to be the main cause of Britain's recession and financial crisis.
Britain is standing on the verge of a serious financial crisis these days, Boris Johnson had to resign. Liz Truss has not fully opened her doors to Rishi Sunak's plans, although she has claimed that she will start working with immediate effect to solve the country's financial crisis. Liz Truss has decades of political experience, but Britain's own experts have warned of the possibility of a severe recession and economic crisis in the country over the next two years. In Britain this year, the inflation rate is also expected to reach 13 percent.
While Rishi Sunak has declared the Conservative Party as a family and given full support to Liz Truss, it remains to be seen to what extent Liz Truss will be able to overcome the country's financial crisis on her own. Liz Truss, the new Prime Minister of the ruling Conservative Party in England for 12 years, is facing many economic challenges. Inflation in the country is at the highest level in 40 years It will also be a big test for her to meet the deficit of 80 billion pounds in government funds to cut the current taxes in the country and to allocate the balance of electricity bills. Even regarding the Ukraine war, she will continue the policy of helping Ukraine at every level. However, the next four months may prove to be very important in testing the performance of her government.
Another issue is that all the Conservatives want to keep Britain separate from the rest of Europe and Liz Truss keeps saying the same. Although Boris Johnson was a supporter of America, Liz Truss says, "We should create a different image of our country by keeping it away not only from Europe but also from the shadow of America." This was also liked by the communist party members.
(Surjit Singh Flora is a veteran journalist and freelance writer based in Brampton Canada)