Drowning people, contrary to popular belief, don’t kick and punch when they go down.
They’re too busy surviving to call for help.
This was proved by the drenched British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who somehow rose to his feet in the House of Commons on Wednesday and declared: “I am a fighter and not a quitter.”
Less than two months after he was elected to replace Boris Johnson as leader of the British Conservative Party, Truss is in grave danger of succumbing to a wave of popular and political discontent.
Even as she insisted that everything was under control—on a day when it was clear that things were definitely not the case within her party—she continued to be pressured, weighed down by her own ideology and the accumulated burden of a decade of conservative Party rule. in Great Britain.
She has apologized and admitted that she was wrong in introducing a $50 billion mini-budget that was met by the financial markets with a Tasmanian diabolical fury, most notably the tax cut for the country’s top earners, the worst example of what is called trickle-down “Trussonomics”.
Yet the water continues to rise. She apparently has no intention of stepping down, but that doesn’t mean her own MPs might not stage a coup in Downing Street and install a consensus candidate to lead the party to near-certain decimation in the next general election, a vote to be taken. by January 2025 at the latest. A UK poll tracking website, Electoral Calculus, predictedmeanwhile, that an immediate UK general election, which the opposition demands, would reduce the Conservative parliamentary caucus to 48 of the 365 seats they won in 2019, replacing them with the Labor Party.
Part of the ruling party’s current state is due to the natural erosion that occurs after 12 years in power.
Another part is political sclerosis, a hardening of right-wing ideology among some Tory MPs that is now questioning the existence of the British Conservative Party.
It can be seen in things like the push for deregulation that led the British to Brexit; the hardline against immigration that led to a deal to deport British asylum seekers to Rwanda; or the adoption of hydraulic fracturing – fracking – a controversial and environmentally unfriendly method of accessing underground gas resources.
The hardline doesn’t sit well with everyone — including those within the party.
A Labor Party motion to denounce fracking was rejected by Conservatives on Wednesday, but only after Truss’s office stated the vote would be a vote of confidence, meaning its loss could trigger an election , and then relented, leading to frenetic pre-vote questions from her own party. MPs.
The chaos of this political moment in Britain’s long history is reflected in fiber optic clarity, even when viewed from an ocean.
“This whole affair is unforgivable,” backseat Conservative Charles Walker told the BBC in an emotional interview following the vote on the breakup of a party that has ruled the country since 2010.
“As a 17-year-old Tory MP who has never been a minister, who is mostly loyal to it, I find it a mess and a disgrace. I find it downright outrageous.”
The blow Truss and her party are now suffering is just the tip of a long and powerful tail that began to swing back when David Cameron brought the Tories to power in 2010 and campaigned in the 2016 Brexit referendum for the UK to enter to remain in the European Union.
He lost and accepted his defeat with the grace of a Democrat.
“The British people have made a different decision to take a different path. As such, I think the country needs new leadership to steer it in this direction.”
Cameron ceded his place to Theresa May, whose grip on power was lifted over the course of three years, finger by finger, as she tried time and again to negotiate a Brexit deal with British MPs and negotiate a divorce settlement with Europe.
Boris Johnson’s hardened stance, which was sold to the country in the 2019 elections, would finally get the Brexit deal done.
Among the brightest lights in Johnson’s cabinet were Truss and several others who co-authored a neoliberal under Cameron in 2012. cri de coeur titled “Britannia Unchained”, which promoted a free market approach to doing the UK equivalent of Making Britain Brilliant Again.
It was from this period, when Truss was Britain’s Secretary of State for Education, that she earned the nickname “The Human Hand Grenade”, reportedly for her determination to “blow away the obstacles to success in modern Britain” as a cup in 2012 in the spectator put it.
That nickname is coming back to haunt her.
Peter Dorey, a British professor of politics at Cardiff University in Wales, said the Brexit saga “encouraged” the conservative neoliberal approach.
“Freed from EU regulation and social protection, the pro-Brexit, anti-state conservatives are now rioting,” he said, referring to the increasing privatization of public services, attacks on unions and social security cuts that the Tories have ushered in. . The election of Margaret Thatcher in 1979.
He said the Tories are “shocked” by the response from financial markets and opposition to Truss’s tax cuts by ordinary Britons who are struggling with higher prices for food, energy and mortgages while their wages are stagnant.
“Maybe we are finally witnessing the end of 40 years of neoliberalism in Britain,” he said.
William Atkinson, a conservative commentator and assistant editor at the Conservative Home website, ventured into a television interview this week that Britain’s Tories could be on the brink of disaster, as their Canadian cousins suffered under Kim Campbell in 1993, after Brian Mulroney’s nine-year tenure as prime minister.
The 1993 defeat led to the splintering of Canada’s right-wing forces and a long, lonely march through the political wilderness that ended with Stephen Harper’s 2006 victory.
The British Tories are not there yet. The right is still united – for the time being. But many conservative politicians could soon be on the hunt for new jobs, said Tory backbencher Walker.
“There’s nothing more ex than an ex MP,” he told the BBC, “and many of my colleagues are wondering – as their constituents wonder – how they’re going to pay their mortgages when this all comes to an end soon.”
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