via Associated Press
UNITED KINGDOM – Are British workers too idle? That’s what you think Liz Trussfavorite in the race to succeed Boris Johnson at the head of Conservative party and government, as revealed in a conversation that leaked on Tuesday, August 16, and was published on the site of The Guardian.
“There is a fundamental problem in the relationship to work” to UKsays Liz Truss, Foreign Minister of the outgoing government. “If we want to become a richer and more prosperous country, this must changeshe continues. But I don’t think people are ready to do that. » According The Guardianthe conversation is from when she was number two in the Treasury, from 2017 to 2019.
“A question of work culture”
This recording was released just before a televised meeting organized by the Conservative Party in Perth in Scotlandduring which Liz Truss and her last rival in the running for the head of the formation, the former Minister of Finance Rishi Sunakmust answer questions from activists.
In particular referring to the vote of the Brexit in 2016, the political leader indicates that “we say that it is Europe that causes these big problems, that it is immigrants”. “But what you have to do is work harder. This is not a popular message”we still hear it said.
For her, the lower productivity of the British results “partly from a state of mind and an attitude”, adding that “It’s a question of work culture, in fact”. “In China, it’s very different, I can assure you,” says Liz Truss.
Contacted by AFP on Tuesday, the campaign team of the candidate for the post of leader of the Conservative Party did not deny the authenticity of these declarations which, however, according to them “lack of context”. “There is a need to increase productivity, which leads to better wages and a better quality of life for workers across the UK”indicates the same source.
The head of British diplomacy does not hide her admiration for Margaret Thatcher, Liberal Prime Minister from 1979 to 1990 and a divisive figure in British politics. As a child, she played the “Iron Lady” in a school play. She went so far as to copy the dress style of Margaret Thatcher, posing for example in a chapka in Red Square last February, during a trip to Moscow intended to try to deter Vladimir Poutine to invade Ukraine.
Liz Truss “have absolutely no idea that people are working very hard (…) to try to make ends meet”was indignant at Labor Yvette Cooper, questioned by sky news. These persons “face nightmarish inflation figures, skyrocketing energy bills”.
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The release of the recording comes as Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are campaigning for the votes of Conservative activists – some 200,000 – who have until September 2 to choose their new leader in a postal vote. The two candidacies reveal the split in the party, evoking the debate which pitted Truss against Sunak on July 25. His rival had called“immoral” Liz Truss’ tax cut program. He “would plunge millions of people into misery”he judged.
With the Conservative Party having a majority in Parliament, the winner will become Prime Minister, succeeding Boris Johnson who resigned in early July after multiple scandals. Liz Truss is well ahead in the polls. The announcement of the result is expected on September 5.
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