The next Prime Minister of the UK will be Liz Truss, a former Foreign Secretary, and possibly the most hawkish mainstream conservative politician in England.
Voices from both sides of the Atlantic, not least of which her own, have described her as “Thatcherite” referring to Great Britain’s “Iron Lady” Margret Thatcher, who took the UK as far down the road of international intervention, spying, and militarism as her counterparts Ronald Regan and George H. W. Bush.
As a reporter for The Hill recently explained on their program Rising, Truss was chosen by the Conservative Party members, as former Prime Minister Johnson held the position before resigning, and was not voted out of office.
The reporter, Niall Stanage, guessed that her right-of-right views were not representative of the general population in the UK.
With the death of Queen Elizabeth II likely to draw focus away from the new Prime Minister’s opening week of service, strikingly will her policies across Europe and the world mirror those of Thatcher.
“I’m ready to do that”
When asked in a recent town hall whether or not she would unleash Britain’s nuclear arsenal and cause global annihilation, she said “it’s an important duty for the Prime Minister and I’m ready to do that,” replying to a follow-up on how that would make her feel with “I’m ready to do it”.
As Dave DeCamp, writing for Antiwar recently detailed, she will be inheriting a UK that is perilously close to a war with Russia, as unlike America, actual uniformed military—the British SAS, are on the ground in Ukraine training their forces.
When Ukraine was first invaded she said she supported Britons going to fight in the country as volunteers, and that there shouldn’t be any negotiations; a strategic defeat of Russia must be the goal.
She was also critical of the United States for not taking a “harder line”, despite Biden’s weekly requests now having topped $55 billion for military and civilian aid to the country, more than the rest of Europe individually, and united in the form of the EU, have contributed together.
Lastly, Liz Truss, like her admired predecessor Thatcher, strongly believes in a “global NATO,” and that it should be used to counter emerging threats all over the world, but obviously and specifically in the Indo-Pacific in response to China.
“I mean that NATO must have a global outlook, ready to tackle global threats,” she said in an April address outlining foreign policy. “We need to preempt threats in the Indo-Pacific, working with allies like Japan and Australia to ensure that the Pacific is protected. And we must ensure that democracies like Taiwan are able to defend themselves”.
In it, she described the North Atlantic Treaty Organization’s necessity between choosing between Indo-Pacific security and North Atlantic security as “a false choice”.
At that speech, she also said the war in Ukraine was “our war”.
“It is everyone’s war because Ukraine’s victory is a strategic imperative for all of us,” she said. “Heavy weapons, tanks, airplanes—digging deep into our inventories, ramping up production. We need to do all of this”. WaL
PICTURED ABOVE: Then-Foreign Secretary Liz Truss chairs a meeting.