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Liz Truss fails in the race to succeed Johnson. So what?

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She wants to become British Prime Minister – and she’s on a course: Even “disgusting” statements and unpleasant U-turns in the election campaign don’t seem to make Liz Truss stumble.

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What else is there to stop her? That question seems to defy an answer, not least for Rishi Sunak.

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Sunak, 42, former UK finance minister, wants to be the UK’s next prime minister. With his resignation from Boris Johnson’s cabinet, he may have missed his scandal-plagued tenure. Now he wants to be the new landlord of 10 Downing Street. If there wasn’t another interested party in the property.

Liz Truss, 47, acting Secretary of State and Sunak’s rival, is also bidding. And one almost gets the impression that it is practically irrelevant whether the competitor gambles. It works, one way or another.

  • Truss is well ahead in the polls among Conservatives, ultimately among the estimated 160,000 to 200,000 Tory members, that manageable 0.3 percent of the entire British electorate who vote on the next party presidency and thus the new prime minister.
  • The conservative media are well-disposed towards her, especially the “Daily Mail” and the “Daily Telegraph”, which reach hundreds of thousands of readers every day, are her favourites.
  • And last but not least, numerous (ex-)cabinet members of Johnson, who was once in the running for party chairmanship, have already gathered behind her.

Actually, she can’t afford to make any mistakes, at least that’s how it seems, in order to cross the finish line as the winner, for example at election campaign events or in the TV duels that Truss and Sunak are currently fighting in front of the nation.


Most recently, the favorite for the office had to lose her feathers, attracted attention with “disgusting” statements and had to turn around in the election campaign after she had to take harsh criticism for her proposals.

Liz Truss remains favorite in the race to succeed Johnson

Relations between Scotland and the British government are already strained. After Truss made disparaging statements about the Scottish head of government, they can at least be considered incriminated. “The best thing is to ignore Nicola Sturgeon” and accused the Prime Minister of being “attractive” with her calls for Scottish independence.

Sturgeon’s deputy, John Swinney, called Truss’s comments “completely and utterly unacceptable.” The people of Scotland were “absolutely appalled by Truss’s disgusting statements”. Sturgeon will enjoy much more democratic legitimacy than Truss should she become Prime Minister. Swinney was referring to the fact that only a fraction of the entire electorate will decide on the party’s new leadership and thus on the office of prime minister.

Truss’ plans to cut the salaries of public sector employees based outside of London also caused anger because of “waste” in the public sector. After collective criticism from party members, pundits and unions. Apparently she hadn’t considered that police officers, nurses and teachers would also earn less – with rising living costs.

For the about-face, Truss also had to justify himself in a TV duel on Thursday evening. Although she repeated her accusation that her plans had been misrepresented by the media. However, she also admitted that she did not want to pursue the project any further after “concerns”. “It wasn’t the right measure”, . But a point victory for opponent Sunak: A clear majority of the viewers in the studio, invited members of the conservative Tory party, raised their hand for him in a vote at the end of the show.

Only: All this does not seem to harm Truss (yet).

In the conservative electorate, she is still miles ahead of her opponent. In a Thursday statement, 58 percent said they wanted to vote for Truss, compared to just 26 percent for Sunak. Two days earlier, a truss (60 percent) also saw well ahead of Sunak (26 percent).

Until September 2nd, members of the Tory party can still cast their votes by post or online, the result is to be announced three days later. In any case, Sunak does not want to admit defeat. “I’m fighting for something I really believe in,” he said during the TV duel, saying he wanted to continue fighting for every vote in this election. And the exchange of blows that went in his favor. He wants to stop Liz Truss, that’s for sure.

Source: Stern

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