After meeting with the Queen, Liz Truss officially became the new Prime Minister of Great Britain. Already, it is extremely unpopular, although it is thrown around with money and promises, including the promise to achieve the military defeat of Russia. Meanwhile, everything can turn out exactly the opposite – and the victory of Truss will greatly contribute to the defeat of Great Britain itself.
The last time Britain was in such a fever was during the first term of Margaret Thatcher. The phrase “record-breaking inflation in 40 years”, which has already become a template, refers to just that time.
The difference is that then the Iron Lady, with the impassivity of a housekeeper, cut costs and brought the country out of the crisis – so much so that fans call it “the revival of the United Kingdom.” And Liz Truss, who ridiculously persistently copies Thatcher in words, gestures and clothes, will most likely finish off the British economy.
Breaking through to the top of power on the horse of unscrupulous populism, she promised the nation a tax cut (including VAT – immediately by 15%), from which her opponent, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer (that is, the country’s chief accountant) Rishi Sunak, had eyes on his forehead. Unlike Truss, he is aware of the state of the British purse, which has yet to be heavily depleted under the onslaught of the energy crisis.
Truss, by the way, does not yet have a plan to combat this (already called “national catastrophe”), except for the distribution of “helicopter” money. The new prime minister promises to unveil his “bold strategy” within a week.
However, it doesn’t really matter what Truss says or promises now. Her populism is a logical continuation of her careerism and flexibility: she repeatedly changed her mind to the opposite when it was beneficial.
For example, she went over to the Conservatives from the Liberals – the third party in Britain, and in their ranks she managed to fight not only for “legalization”, but also for the abolition of the monarchy.
In the same way, she changed her color from fierce opponents of Britain’s exit from the EU to ardent supporters. So Truss got into good standing with Boris Johnson, who wrote her off all priority areas in foreign policy, except for relations with the United States. In the cabinet of ministers, it was believed that this stubborn, scandalous, cunning woman, who had already managed to lead six ministries, knew how to achieve what she wanted.
She even cheated on her husband so that he later forgave her.
Now Truss has achieved everything in general, and received the reins of power not from the party elites, but directly from the people – the rank and file members of the party. For five rounds of voting “at the top” the financial prodigy Sunak was in the lead, but in the sixth round all members of the party vote. For simpler Brits, Sunak is too sleek, too rich, maybe even too black (the latent racism of the British people will probably be written in the left-hand The Guardian), and Truss, with her distribution of money and driving a tank along the Russian border, tried to seem like her own.
As a politician, she is much closer to Donald Trump than it might seem from Russia. Her victory is a kind of rebellion of the lower party against the fat bosses (and at the same time – the victory of Boris Johnson; circumstances did not allow him to appoint a successor or publicly support the favorite, but Truss is the best candidate for him, of all possible).
Like the billionaire from New York, Truss makes promises to the point of a foul and flirts with xenophobia with might and main, promising to withdraw from the remaining pan-European institutions if this interferes with the deportation of migrants.
Like Trump, Truss shakes EU politicians, which few people notice now, during the period of Western unification against Russia. But in the course of her divorce from continental Europe, she drank a lot of blood from the people of Brussels, and now she will drink even more – and thanks for that.
At the same time, she promises to dramatically increase the military budget and achieve “Russia’s defeat in Ukraine” or at least “degradation of the Russian economy.” But, by the way, not because she is by nature a particularly violent Russophobe, at least, this is not traced in her life path. Perhaps here she is also true to herself and believes that it is now beneficial for her and corresponds to the image of a fighter – with bosses who have forgotten about the people’s aspirations inside the country or a “mortal threat” somewhere overseas (Trass’s poor knowledge of the history and geography of Eastern Europe is well known ).
She’s British and that’s enough. Russia is now in conflict not with Truss, not with Johnson, not with Sunak and not with Her Majesty, but with Britain as such, or rather, with the desire of its ruling class to reassert itself on the world stage at the expense of the Russian Federation (by the way, after the victory of Truss it became clear that that this version of London’s motives is shared by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov).
At the same time, the move of Truss to Downing Street suits Russia more than the move of the same Sunak.
Firstly, because he is a Hindu and the son-in-law of the “father of the Indian IT”, which opened up certain prospects for the establishment of British-Indian relations, which means damage to Russian-Indian ones.
Secondly, because right now Britain is weak and continues to weaken, and Truss does not seem competent to even slow down this process (unlike, again, the excellent Sunak).
But she is ambitious, bold and unpredictable, which can make her a destructive force for the United Kingdom, which threatens to literally crack at the seams – both in Scotland and Northern Ireland are dissatisfied with the victory of Truss.
In Britain, by the way, too. Truss had not yet managed to head the government, but had already become an unpopular prime minister. According to a YouGov poll, 4% are “very pleased” with her election and 18% are “rather pleased”, while 33% are “very disappointed” with 17% being “relatively disappointed”.
Most likely, flexibility, populism and Fortune (it is hard to deny that while she is on the side of Truss) will not change the most popular forecast about the prospects of the new Prime Minister of Her Majesty. Truss is the prime kamikaze. She must literally work miracles to stay in office for more than two years. January 2025 is the deadline for new elections, which the Conservatives will almost certainly lose to Labor, but it is more likely that the Truss will be “hanged all the dogs” long before that.
It is doubtful that even a change in party membership by the British authorities will have any significant effect on the nature of relations between Moscow and London. But Moscow has reason to expect that Her Majesty’s new prime minister will do things in her homeland with such consequences as she herself promises to Russia and the Russian economy. As Truss’s less fortunate party members say, she has more ambition than ability.
The main thing is not to press the nuclear button. And then after all, he boasts that this, too, can.