Liz Truss is already the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom after receiving the mandate of Elizabeth II | International
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Rituals, in politics, are fundamental. Much more in a parliamentary monarchy with centuries of history, like the British. Boris Johnson’s successor, Liz Truss, is already the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, once she has received the formal commission from Elizabeth II, at Balmoral Castle, in the Scottish Highlands. Increasingly frequent “mobility problems”, as explained by the Royal House, have forced the monarch to have to receive her fifteenth prime minister (the first was Winston Churchill) away from Buckingham Palace, in the heart of London .
A British air force plane has been in charge of traveling the more than 3,000 round trip kilometers, so that Truss can be at five in the afternoon (Spanish peninsular time) at the door of Downing Street, headquarters and residence of the Prime Minister. There he will deliver his first speech to the nation, —inside or outside the building, depending on the weather—, in which he is expected to include clues about the urgent measures that the new Conservative government intends to adopt to deal with the energy crisis it is suffering. the country. The information that has emerged so far from his work team, led by Kwasi Kwarteng, the current Secretary of State for Business and practically the new Minister of the Economy, points to a huge aid package for households and businesses, which would include limiting the price of the bill at current levels, to avoid the increase announced for October of more than 80%. There will be tens of billions of euros that will inflate, in the short term, public debt, although the formula considered by experts indicates that these aids will be transferred over time in a prorated manner to consumers.
Truss has come to power with a neoliberal message that is committed to a general reduction in taxes and a reduction of the State, to reinforce economic growth. However, Johnson’s successor knows that she barely has two years to go to overcome some polls that today are disastrous for the conservatives, and that the immediate urgency is to alleviate, as far as possible, the suffering of the British before the rampant inflation, the skyrocketing cost of living, and gas and electricity bills. For this reason, in the short term, Truss and her team have opted for a pragmatism contrary to her economic doctrine, but essential to calm the social tension that the country is experiencing.
Truss will be the 56th prime minister in UK history, and the third woman to hold the post, after Margaret Thatcher and Theresa May.
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