Four things Liz Truss said in her victory speech – and what she may have meant | Liz Truss
After being announced as the winner of the Conservative leadership race, Liz Truss kept her victory speech short, but there was enough to give some solid clues about her future direction.
Here are four sections of the speech, their context and what she may have meant.
“I also want to thank our outgoing leader, my friend Boris Johnson. Boris, you’ve done Brexit. You’ve crushed Jeremy Corbyn. You’ve rolled out the vaccine and you’ve stood up to Vladimir Putin. You’re admired from [Kyiv] in Carlisle.
A thank you from ‘continuity’ candidate Johnson in recognition of those who have backed her as the next closest thing to the outgoing Prime Minister. It will have shocked many, including some Tory MPs, but Truss still paid tribute to the “greatest hits” of Johnson’s otherwise tattered premiership.
The Truss team will be celebrating, but it’s hard not to imagine them keeping a wary eye on reported suggestions, albeit whispered by unnamed sources, that Johnson may be looking to stage a comeback if the premiership of Truss weakens.
“During this leadership campaign, I campaigned as a Conservative and I will govern as a Conservative.
Another bone thrown to the Tribal and Conservative party faithful and a pause to reflect on anyone expecting Truss to head down the shutters at a particularly polarizing time in British politics.
Unlike past leaders such as Cameron and Blair, who had sought to govern as centrist prime ministers keen to keep voters floating on board, Truss appeared to nail her (very blue) colors to the mast as she signaled her intention to govern as a particularly ideological one. Prime Minister.
“I will present a bold plan to lower taxes and grow our economy. I will rise to the occasion of the energy crisis, taking care of people’s energy bills, but also tackling the long-term problems we have with energy supply. And I will deliver the National Health Service.
It was vague, but Truss seemed to identify the three policy areas she would prioritize in government.
Tax cuts and economic growth were the mantra throughout his leadership speech, while paying tribute to the NHS has become almost mandatory for Tory leaders since David Cameron’s modernization bill.
There were also few details about her plans to tackle the energy crisis amid suggestions she could introduce a price freeze on some bills, but her words left room for both immediate action and a desire. for a long time to bring about structural changes.
“We will deliver a big win for the Conservative Party in 2024.”
Almost as clear as it gets in ruling out a snap election, something that had been seen as an outside gamble but was still being mooted in some quarters as a possibility.
It’s no surprise that Truss wants time to win more of an audience given that recent polls have shown her doing poorly against Labor leader Keir Starmer.
Only 12% of Britons expect Truss to be a good or great leader, while 52% expect her to be bad or terrible, according to one from YouGov.