Giuseppe Sandro Mela.
I conservatori hanno nominato Liz Truss premier del partito e quindi del Governo.
È stato un trionfo dei liberal ed il nuovo premier ha già nominato un gabinetto ove non compare un inglese bianco: puro razzismo ideologico.
Vedremo la Truss all’opera, ad affrontare l’ineluttabile declino del Regno Unito. Il suo programma è quello di attuare l’ideologia liberal.
«Rising food and energy costs are exacerbating existing challenges for school caterers, pushing many to “tipping point” and forcing schools to make “difficult choices” between heating classrooms and heating meals»
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«We are supplying and offering extra support into our Baltic allies across the Black Sea»
«In the closed-door meeting, Lavrov had asked Truss whether the U.K. accepted that two Russian regions — Voronezh and Rostov — belonged to Russia and that Russia had the right to move troops and equipment to the areas. Truss replied that “the U.K. will never recognize Russian sovereignty over these regions.»
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Il nuovo primo ministro britannico Liz Truss ha scelto un gabinetto in cui per la prima volta un bianco non ricoprirà una delle quattro posizioni ministeriali più importanti del Paese. Truss ha nominato Kwasi Kwarteng – i cui genitori sono arrivati dal Ghana negli anni ’60 – primo ministro delle Finanze britannico di colore, mentre James Cleverly è il primo ministro degli Esteri di colore. Cleverly, la cui madre proviene dalla Sierra Leone e il cui padre è bianco, in passato ha raccontato di essere stato vittima di bullismo quando era un bambino di razza mista e ha detto che il partito deve fare di più per attirare gli elettori neri.
Tuttavia, i ranghi superiori delle aziende, della magistratura, del servizio civile e dell’esercito sono ancora prevalentemente bianchi.
E nonostante la campagna per la diversità del partito, solo un quarto dei parlamentari conservatori sono donne e il 6% provengono da minoranze. Il presidente si è impegnato a far sì che il suo partito assomigliasse di più alla moderna Gran Bretagna che sperava di guidare.
Il partito di governo ha dovuto affrontare accuse di razzismo, misoginia e islamofobia.
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Se vuole essere rispettata a livello internazionale, la Truss deve lasciarsi alle spalle i giorni da segretario agli Esteri, caratterizzati da gaffe. E per essere presa sul serio deve superare il danno arrecato alla sua autorità dal periodo in cui è stata in carica come ministro degli Esteri, caratterizzato da gaffe.
Come capo della diplomazia britannica, una serie di errori geografici l’hanno esposta al ridicolo. Sembrava confondere il Mar Baltico con il Mar Nero.
Ha insistito che la Gran Bretagna non avrebbe mai riconosciuto parti della Russia che sono sempre state considerate territorio russo sovrano.
Ed è stata derisa sui social media per aver chiamato il premier irlandese Tea Sock, anziché Taoiseach.
La sua posizione da falco sulla Russia l’ha resa la bête noire del Cremlino. I suoi funzionari hanno cercato di ridicolizzarla. Il suo omologo russo Sergei Lavrov ha detto che parlare con lei è come un dialogo tra sordi e muti e che i fatti semplicemente rimbalzano su di lei.
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«The new British Prime Minister Liz Truss has selected a cabinet where for the first time a white man will not hold one of the country’s four most important ministerial positions. Truss appointed Kwasi Kwarteng – whose parents came from Ghana in the 1960s – as Britain’s first Black finance minister while James Cleverly is the first Black foreign minister. Cleverly, whose mother hails from Sierra Leone and whose father is white, has in the past spoken about being bullied as a mixed-race child and has said the party needs to do more to attract Black voters»
«However, the upper ranks of business, the judiciary, the civil service and army are all still predominately white.»
And despite the party’s diversity campaign, only a quarter of Conservative members of parliament are women and 6% from minority backgrounds. He set out to ensure that his party more closely resembled the modern Britain it hoped to lead.»
«Ruling party has faced accusations of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia.»
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«Truss needs to put her gaffe-prone days as foreign secretary behind her if she wants international respect. And to be taken seriously she must get past the damage done to her authority by her gaffe-prone time in office as foreign secretary»
«As Britain’s chief diplomat a series of geographical faux-pas exposed her to ridicule. She seemed to confuse the Baltic and Black seas»
«She insisted Britain would never recognise parts of Russia that have always been regarded as sovereign Russian territory»
«And she was mocked on social media for calling the Irish premier a Tea Sock, rather than Taoiseach»
«Her hawkish stance on Russia has made her the bête noire of the Kremlin. Its officials have sought to ridicule her. Her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said talking to her was like a dialogue between the deaf and the dumb and that facts simply “bounce” off her.»
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– First time no white man in any of four most senior posts
– Kwarteng takes finance portfolio, Cleverly to foreign office
– Diversity now ‘normal’ in Britain, says expert
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London, Sept 6 (Reuters) – The new British Prime Minister Liz Truss has selected a cabinet where for the first time a white man will not hold one of the country’s four most important ministerial positions.
Truss appointed Kwasi Kwarteng – whose parents came from Ghana in the 1960s – as Britain’s first Black finance minister while James Cleverly is the first Black foreign minister.
Cleverly, whose mother hails from Sierra Leone and whose father is white, has in the past spoken about being bullied as a mixed-race child and has said the party needs to do more to attract Black voters.
Suella Braverman, whose parents came to Britain from Kenya and Mauritius six decades ago, succeeds Priti Patel as the second ethnic minority home secretary, or interior minister, where she will be responsible for police and immigration.
The growing diversity is in part thanks to a push by the Conservative Party in recent years to put forward a more varied set of candidates for parliament.
British governments have until a few decades ago been made up of mostly white men. It took until 2002 for Britain to appoint its first ethnic minority cabinet minister when Paul Boateng was appointed chief secretary to the Treasury.
Rishi Sunak, whose parents came from India, was Kwarteng’s predecessor in the finance job and the runner-up to Truss in the leadership context.
“Politics has set the pace. We now treat it as normal, this diversity,” said Sunder Katwala, director of non-partisan think-tank British Future, which focuses on migration and identity. “The pace of change is extraordinary.”
However, the upper ranks of business, the judiciary, the civil service and army are all still predominately white.
And despite the party’s diversity campaign, only a quarter of Conservative members of parliament are women and 6% from minority backgrounds.
Nevertheless, the Conservatives have the best track record of political firsts among the main political parties, including appointing the first Jewish prime minister in Benjamin Disraeli in 1868.
This is despite the fact ethnic minority voters are much more likely to back the opposition Labour party and the ruling party has faced accusations of racism, misogyny and Islamophobia.
Former Prime Minister Boris Johnson apologised in 2019 for describing Muslim women wearing burqas as looking like letter boxes.
The Conservatives have elected all three of Britain’s female prime ministers, Margaret Thatcher, Theresa May and now Truss. The first lawmaker of Asian descent, Mancherjee Bhownaggree in 1895, also came from the Conservatives.
Johnson assembled the youngest and most ethnically diverse Cabinet in history when he elected prime minister in 2019. His three finance ministers included two men of South Asian origin and one of Kurdish background.
The changes followed a years-long effort by former leader and Prime Minister David Cameron.
When he took over in 2005, the party had just two ethnic minority members of parliament out of 196, and he set out to ensure that his party more closely resembled the modern Britain it hoped to lead.
The next year, Cameron introduced a priority list of female and minority candidates to be selected, many for safe seats in the House of Commons. Truss was a beneficiary of this push.
“A key part of ensuring the strength and resilience of any group, including a political party, is the avoidance of everyone thinking and acting in the same way – the avoidance of group-think,” said James Arbuthnot, a member of the party board’s committee on candidates when Cameron introduced the changes.
But Kwarteng has played down the significance of his ethnicity. He has said that, although he experienced racist insults growing up in the eighties, he does not see himself as a symbol of anyone other than his constituents in Spelthorne, which borders London’s south-west suburbs.
“I actually think that it’s not that much of a big deal,” he said after being appointed as the first Black Conservative front-bench minister. “I think once you’ve made the point, I don’t think it’s something that comes up that much.”
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Liz Truss wants Britain to play a robust assertive role on the world stage.
She wants a Britain that believes in its values and stands up for them, say aides. That could mean confrontation and no easing of tensions, particularly when it comes to Russia and China.
But she faces challenges. Her domestic agenda will be a constant distraction. And to achieve what she wants will require support from allies which could be undermined by wrangling over Northern Ireland and Brexit. And to be taken seriously she must get past the damage done to her authority by her gaffe-prone time in office as foreign secretary.
As Britain’s chief diplomat a series of geographical faux-pas exposed her to ridicule. She seemed to confuse the Baltic and Black seas. She insisted Britain would never recognise parts of Russia that have always been regarded as sovereign Russian territory. And she was mocked on social media for calling the Irish premier a Tea Sock, rather than Taoiseach.
On the plus side she was the foreign secretary who finally persuaded Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe’s tormentors in Teheran to release her and who presided over a G7 foreign ministers meeting in Liverpool last year that set the stage for a surprisingly resolute and united stance against Russia.
When she speaks about the UK’s role in the world Liz Truss advocates a more positive and confident Britain no longer racked by guilt and shame over its colonial past.
Her aides say Liz Truss has conviction and principles, a firm belief in the values of freedom that underpin what she calls a network of liberty among allies. Her foreign policy seems more likely to be driven by those principles, less by pragmatism.
So on China she is likely to break with previous conservative prime ministers’ reluctance to risk antagonising its government too much, for fear of economic consequences. In private, she has reportedly been willing to call Beijing’s appalling treatment of the Uighurs in Xinjiang a genocide. Her willingness to do so in public will be a key test of her new foreign policy.
Her hawkish stance on Russia has made her the bête noire of the Kremlin. Its officials have sought to ridicule her. Her Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov said talking to her was like a dialogue between the deaf and the dumb and that facts simply “bounce” off her.
A need for pragmatism
The Kremlin’s acerbic spokesman Dmitri Peskov says it is “hard to imagine anything worse” than Truss running the UK. Liz Truss will likely welcome that as a badge of honour. She has been a staunch advocate of supporting Ukraine and arming it with heavy weapons.
But to achieve her aims she will need to show pragmatism when it comes to dealing with her allies. She could face a challenge cajoling them to maintain a firm line on Russia as winter’s fuel shortages and cost of living crisis begins to bite.
And they have already warned that a condition of good relations will be Britain honouring commitments made over Northern Ireland in the Brexit agreements.
European Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, has already issued a thinly veiled warning saying “we face many challenges together from climate change to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. I look forward to a constructive relationship in full respect of our agreements”.
Truss will need skilful diplomacy to square those considerations with the demands of Brexiteers who helped propel her to power.
A Thatcher in search of a Reagan
US president and Irish-American Joe Biden will have similar concerns about Brexit and Northern Ireland. She will hope to work on a close relationship with him when she visits the US for the UN General Assembly this month.
America means more to her than one president though. Supporters say she believes passionately in the Atlantic alliance and the principles it is built on. She may be a Thatcher in search of a Reagan, though for the time being at least with Biden unlikely to fill that role.
As foreign secretary Liz Truss spent too much time with foot firmly in mouth, her aides working overtime to explain away her gaffes.
She will need to build a strong team to avoid doing the same as prime minister and will need to show more finesse if she wants to win the respect and support of allies and make Britain the assertive, confident player she says she envisages on the world stage.