Whether it is dormant waiting for a new general election to come back, or going to Brussels to take over as NATO secretary general, Boris Johnson’s British Prime Minister’s throne will be temporarily handed over to someone else.
After the first five rounds of small-scale elections, the current foreign secretary, Elizabeth Truss, supported by Johnson, and the former finance minister, Rishi Sunak, who had forced Johnson into the palace, both qualified and faced the final vote of 175,000 grassroots party members. Truss, if elected, will become the third female prime minister in British history.
Truss was born in 1975, his father is a mathematics professor, and his mother is a nurse and teacher. Both her parents were typical left-wingers. Influenced by them, Truss participated in anti-nuclear and anti-Margaret Thatcher protests as a child. She lived in Canada for a year before studying philosophy, politics and economics at Oxford University, where she also joined the “third party” Liberal Democrats, which called for the abolition of the monarchy. But after graduation, Truss turned to the Conservative Party.
Truss is married to an accountant and has two daughters who are cared for by her full-time husband. She has worked as an economist at energy giant Shell and telecommunications company Dadong Telegraph Office, and at a right-wing think tank. Truss was finally elected to the UK House of Commons in 2010 after two unsuccessful bids.
Truss served as Environment Secretary, Justice Secretary and International Trade Secretary under Cameron, Theresa May and Johnson respectively; she also held senior positions in the Education, Treasury and Women and Equality Departments. . In September last year, Johnson reshuffled his cabinet and Truss became the second female foreign minister in British history.
At the age of seven, Truss played Mrs Thatcher in a mock election at the school.
At present, the inflation problem in the UK is prominent, and economic policy is the focus of the election campaign. Truss pledged to deliver £30bn in tax cuts immediately after taking office. But critics pointed out that she did not come up with an effective solution to problems such as rising food and energy prices.
Some thought she was deliberately imitating Mrs Thatcher – wearing a similar outfit during a televised debate. But critics say she doesn’t really have what Margaret Thatcher is capable of. “She’ll just chant irrelevant slogans and try to make a convincing speech, and by the time she’s in 10 Downing Street, her problems may soon be exposed.”
YouGov recently directed Conservative Party members. Polls show that 49 percent of people would prefer to vote for Truss, compared with 31 percent for Sunak. Looking at it this way, Truss has a much bigger chance of winning than the latter.
Truss’s speaking ability is strong, not only dare to speak, but also quite attractive. She said: “If Britain wants to compete with hostile countries, it should accept ‘all the flaws’ in British history.” Advocates call her the “iron lady” of a new generation, and her
critical attitude towards “awakening culture” is more than The slick Johnson came distinctly.
Margaret Thatcher was Britain’s first female prime minister and was once hailed as the “miracle of British politics”. At the age of seven, Truss played Mrs Thatcher in a mock election at the school. At that time, she did not have a single vote in her hand. Now nearly 40 years later, will Truss become Mrs Thatcher’s real “successor”?
We will wait and see.