British Prime Minister Liz Truss addresses Parliament in London, Wednesday October 19, 2022 (PRU/Handbook)
After six weeks in Downing Street, British Prime Minister Liz Truss entered a new zone of turmoil on Wednesday with the sudden resignation of her home secretary and an outbreak of fever in Parliament.
Rejected by public opinion, the Conservative leader, who is contesting within his own majority and says he wants to stay in office despite abandoning his economic plan, sees his credibility and authority weakened again after a day of high tension in Westminster.
Less than a week after he had to sack his finance minister and close friend, Kwasi Kwarteng, he lost the right-wing head of the “Home Office”, responsible for a critical file on illegal Channel crossings, which reached record levels.
Suella Braverman, 42, said her resignation violated departmental code for using her personal email to send official documents. During her mead culpa, she made serious allegations against the head of the government.
In her resignation letter, Suella Braverman expressed her “serious concerns” about the government’s policy, which, according to her, abandons its promises, especially on the migration file.
Grant Shapps, transport minister under Boris Johnson, was replaced in the process. By naming a supporter of her former opponent in the race for power – and a potential candidate to replace her – Rishi Sunak, Liz Truss uses this new messy chapter of her mandate to show an opening in her alleged disappearance. The advent of power.
– “Torture” –
There was a huge uproar in Parliament in the evening during a vote – won by the government – on the controversial lifting of a ban on hydraulic fracturing, a controversial technique for producing shale gas.
A Labor MP, Chris Bryant, called for an inquiry, explaining he had seen scenes of forced voting and “harassment” within the majority.
Energy Minister Jacob Rees-Mogg made it clear in the evening that the Parliamentary Majority Officer and his deputy were fine in their posts, despite noises that rocked Westminster before Downing Street rejected the qualification.
Britain’s new Chancellor of the Exchequer Jeremy Hunt (PRU / – ) at the House of Commons in London on October 17, 2022.
Does Suella Braverman’s departure start a bloodbath within the government like the one that killed Boris Johnson in July?
However, it’s all too bad for Liz Truss, who is looking to regain control after her new finance minister, Jeremy Hunt, scrapped the massive tax cuts she promised on Monday.
At midday, during the weekly questions session in Parliament, Liz Truss defended her policy in the face of resignation calls and cries from the Labor opposition.
“I’m a fighter, not a quitter,” she hammered.
“What good is a prime minister whose promises don’t last even a week?” Labor opposition leader Keir Starmer hit out as he listed all the measures Liz Truss should drop.
– Inflation Register –
The current political crisis was sparked by the presentation of a “mini budget” by then Finance Minister Kwasi Kwarteng on September 23, which raised fears of a slippage in the public accounts.
The pound fell to historic lows and long-term government debt rates rose. The Bank of England had to intervene to prevent the situation from turning into a financial crisis.
Pound Sterling Against the Dollar (AFP /)
In charge of reassuring the markets, Jeremy Hunt is now thought to have the upper hand over Liz Truss. He canceled all tax cuts promised by the prime minister and warned of future savings in public spending, raising fears of a return to austerity after the 2008 financial crisis.
The social climate is already cracking and inflation hit a 40-year high of 10.1% in September.
Just one in ten Britons have a favorable view of Lis Truss, compared to one in five Conservative Party voters, according to a Youkov poll. And 55% of Majority Party members believe Liz Truss should resign, two years before a general election in which Labor will defeat the opposition Conservatives.
Now, six MPs from her party have already publicly urged Liz Truss to quit. In the absence of an obvious successor, conservatives are reluctant to engage in a new and lengthy process to appoint a new leader, hoping for consensus to adopt a name, but seem far from achieving it.
“Award-winning internet enthusiast. Food geek. Social media maven. Subtly charming bacon buff. Organizer. Student.”