Liz Truss enjoys dividing people. The prospective prime minister of the UK has insulted local and foreign leaders, compared bureaucrats to "gremlins," and stated that British workers lack grit.
The self-described "disruptor-in-chief" declared on Sunday that she is prepared to make unpleasant choices and that she will now have to decide which people to enrage the most as she reacts to the families and companies' full-throttled cost-of-living issue.
Will Jennings, a politics lecturer at Southampton University, predicted that the vitriol from the leadership campaign will be quickly forgotten. It would be a significant and abrupt shift and transformation, he said. "That's going to take a lot of skill to deliver,"
Although details will have to wait until later, Truss, 47, will be expected to outline her thinking in her first speech as premier on Tuesday afternoon in Downing Street after having kept most of it to herself during the campaign. Later this month, a fiscal statement or emergency budget is anticipated.
She inherits a nation with a deteriorating National Health Service and transport networks that are paralysed by labour strikes in addition to high inflation. Due in part to the road Truss paved as foreign secretary, London is at odds with Brussels and Washington on Brexit.
There could be hazards associated with how she decides to address rising living expenses. Any major increase in borrowing would upset supporters of the leadership candidate who ran on a platform of tax cuts and, more importantly, a smaller state. It was intended to strike a chord with a party that still pays homage to previous leader Margaret Thatcher.
Truss' supporters claim that the competition highlighted her talent for addressing the appropriate audience and that she has long been underrated, in large part due to previous speeches that have gone viral on social media.
Some Tories are concerned about her ability to unify the party, though, given that she barely made it to the final runoff with Sunak. Since then, the two competitors have been at odds while competing for votes throughout the summer.Even Truss's defenders are con
Even Truss's defenders are concerned about public outrage over energy prices and deteriorating public services behind the scenes, with one citing the assault on Health Secretary Steve Barclay over ambulance wait times.
Truss, Johnson's senior diplomat, was also a belligerent person. The slur won't help ease tensions over her ambitions to rework portions of the Brexit divorce accord, risking a trade war, even though she pleased the party base by stating the "jury's out" on whether French President Emmanuel Macron is a "friend or foe" during the leadership campaign.