Rishi Sunak warns that he will have to make “difficult decisions” to “correct” Truss's mistakes
The first words of Rishi Sunak as Prime Minister of the United Kingdomthey were to settle some accounts and mark the distances of style with its predecessors. In his inaugural speech, Sunak promised & oacute; correct the “mistakes” made by Liz Truss. assured that the Government of him will act & ará; “with integrity, professionalism and transparency at every level”, implying that it will be the opposite of what happened during the Truss and Boris Johnson administrations. To those who question his legitimacy, among the deputies of his group and the conservative grassroots militants, he reminded them that the electoral victory of 2019 was of the Conservative Party and its program. “It is not the sole property of a single individual”, but “a mandate that belongs to and unites us all”, in another reference to those who criticize him for attributing that victory exclusively to Johnson.
Sunak, elected leader of the Conservative Party on Monday, used a sober and serious tone to address the nation, because he knows that it will take. measures that can be very harsh and unpopular. warned that the UK is facing a “deep economic crisis” and there will be “difficult decisions in the future”, in an attempt to restore the economic balance and control the debt. “I'm going to place the stability“I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid. I know the position to which I arrive and I am confident that I will be up to the demands.”
New Government, same faces
The new prime minister needs to stop the internal rebellions and guarantee the governability of his government. from there the assembly of the new Cabinet announced a few hours later. A coalition of well-known faces, representing conservatives of all persuasions, with ministerial experience on the Truss and Johnson teams. In the heavier positions there were no variations. Jeremy Hunt continues as Chancellor of the Exchequer, James Cleverly on Foreign Affairs, Ben Wallace on Defense, Dominic Raab is again deputy prime minister and head of Justice and Suella Braverman He returns to the Department of the Interior, days after resigning for having broken the ministerial code with the leak of an email. Sunak's rival in the primary, Penny Mordaunt, retains the position of Speaker of the House of Commons, although she aspired to something more.
Truss defends its management
The new prime minister introduced himself. Alone at Buckingham Palace to receive the commission from King Charles III to form the new Government, in a formal meeting of just over 20 minutes. He did not accompany him. his wife, Akshata, something usual in this kind of occasions. Neither she nor the couple's two daughters were at the door of Downing Street at the time of taking possession of the official residence. Such absences would underline the tone of professionalism that he wants to impress on his mandate, leaving his family on the sidelines.
Liz Truss does. Instead, she was accompanied by her husband and two daughters at the farewell to the country, after seven weeks in office and being crowned the shortest prime minister of the history of the United Kingdom. In her words of goodbye, she returned. to defend hers from her her economic vision that has ended in total failure and disastrous management.
“We have to take advantage of our freedoms with Brexit, do things differently. That means providing more freedom for citizens and restoring the power of democratic institutions. It means less. So people can keep more money than they earn and get growth because it means job security, higher pay and more opportunities.” And he quoted, as Johnson often does, from the classics. “As the philosopher Seneca said, in ancient Rome, our not trying is not because things are difficult. Things are difficult because we don't try.” Truss confirmed. what will follow in politics as a free MP, in the back benches of the House of Commons. will do company to Theresa May and to Johnson himself. Never before have three former prime ministers been in that situation at the same time.