For several years, Liz Truss was probably best known for his widely ridiculed party convention speech, which she said was “shame” for Britain to import two-thirds of cheese. rice field.
It even influenced the ritual among junior civil servants known as “cheese thyme.”
A former Whitehall employee recalls: “All the civil servants throughout Whitehall found it so interesting that I watched the video on YouTube and had a particular time zone on a particular day of the week.”
It was around this time that Ms. Truss was severely attacked for failing to defend the judiciary after being named the “enemy of the people” at the height of the Brexit war.
Immediately after she was demoted to Treasury Chief Secretary, her ministerial career was hanging in a string.
However, this “strong” ideological and Instagram-satisfied “political animal” bounced off, becoming the biggest winner of Boris Johnson’s cabinet reshuffle and being promoted to Foreign Minister.
Born to middle-class parents on the “left side of labor,” Truss attended a CND march with her mother and hated “trendy” comprehensive education in Leeds.
Nonetheless, Ms. Truss, President of the Liberal Democratic Party at Oxford University, was a true blue tory until she was elected to South West Norfolk in 2010. Her math professor’s father refused her campaign.
After being promoted to Administrator of the Environment in 2014, she gave the infamous cheese speech. Then, following the 2016 Brexit vote, Theresa May handed over the role of Secretary of Justice.
Shortly thereafter, the “enemy of the people” line was demoted to the Treasury, and the situation was not good.
But in fact she fought towards the hearts of the Tories, who are loyal to the Instagram generation of Thatcherism, describing Britain as “a country of freedom warriors riding Uber, eating Deliveroo and doing Airbnb” and financed. A little mix for playing gigs in the province.
One former adviser accused Downing Street of presiding over her modest reaction to the anti-Judiciary Brexit headlines, saying that “do everything No. 10 says” was enough.
She now “has nothing to lose” and “finds an opportunity” as Mrs. May’s administration has lost control of the cabinet.
“She was Brand Rishi before Brand Rishi became a thing,” says a Tory insider.
However, this also created an “image problem,” which the former adviser described as an “incredibly serious thinker,” and was instead regarded as a slightly bizarre fun person.
“She goes home to read about politics, wakes up in the morning and thinks about politics. She is a political animal.”
Sources explain the minister, who is “very proudly liberal in every decision she makes,” hates to refuse answers from civil servants, and is a worker who is constantly producing policy ideas. I am.
“I actually think her weakness is there – a human element,” says the insider.
Some people describe her as a “strong” person, once with the idea of ”never letting go of it” until she progresses.
“I’m always joking that I’m on vacation because I have a lot of time to think about the most dangerous time to work at Liz Truss. I get a lot of messages. She doesn’t have an off button,” said a former adviser. say. ..
This can lead to a transactional approach to the social aspects of politics. This is not the person who chats in the tea room or shoots the breeze.
But this is also an aspect that allows her to “recover very quickly from setbacks.”
“She doesn’t take things personally,” says a Tory insider.
If Ms. Truss rebounds at the Treasury, she is considered a good trade secretary, and despite Covid’s pandemic overwhelming almost all of the government’s remaining policy agenda, a trade deal between Australia and Japan. Was signed.
“She made a move in a restricted parliament and after a static parliament, which is very important,” said one member of parliament.
She leads now ConservativeHomeIn a cabinet ministerial league table survey, Johnson is spoken of as a challenger to Prime Minister Rishi Sunak for leadership when he finally leaves number 10.
However, parliamentarians said her popularity was primarily in the “London-based activist bubble”, making her an “astroturfed grassroots darling,” Snack at the party. It suggests that it needs to be matched to the range of support.
“Rishi has a connection that she doesn’t have.”
The Foreign Minister’s attention-grabbing role will undoubtedly give her the opportunity to further enhance her position.
But those who warn that her bohemian and ideological approach to politics could hit the magnificent old institution of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where prudent diplomacy is often promoted by long-time civil servant state experts. There is also.
But the allies claim that “Liz will blow fresh air into the place.”