Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak competed in a TV fight. Who did the race? Answers from SRF UK Correspondent Michael Gerber.
Who did better in TV Fight? It was slightly favorable for the dress. She remained cool under Sunak’s barrage of rhetoric and managed to get her messages across easily. Sunak tried to hold back, interrupting often and speaking at an incredible speed. Because Chunak should have beaten the dress to catch the vote. But his aggressive tone was uncomfortable, sometimes “knee-biting.” He may have done himself more harm than good. Sunak did not come to the defense.
What are the fiscal policy arguments? Sunak underlined that as finance minister a few weeks ago he had already helped families hit hard by the crisis with a lump sum of £150 off their electricity bills. If necessary, he will do it again in the fall, he said. Truss promised to cut taxes upon taking office. For example, as Sunak proposed as finance minister, he will not increase the premiums for the National Health Insurance Fund. It gives people some breathing room. So both want to give something to everyone. It’s hard to tell who to trust right now.
What role did Boris Johnson play in the conflict? A partner. From time to time memories of the resigning Prime Minister arose. For example, when the question arose as to what qualities the future leader of Great Britain should have. Honesty, decency, reliability – all qualities spoken of as indispensable to Johnson. The question of whether Johnson would want to stay in government is hot. Truss, still in Johnson’s caretaker government, has been verbally withdrawn.
What does such a fight bring to the candidates?
During the debate on Monday evening, the public gathered in front of the television. However, only approximately 160,000 members of the Tories can decide on the choice of Boris Johnson’s successor. If only partisan votes count, will such a TV fight bring anything? “Yes,” says SRF reporter Michael Gerber. “Both can make themselves known to a wider audience. They can present their proposals and use arguments to test them in debate.
Of course, according to Gerber, there is a risk that new divisions will open up, as the two adversaries will have to diverge, and these divisions will have to be narrowed again after the new prime minister takes office. Gerber says, “That’s certainly not easy, because you don’t have to address just the party base, but a broader electorate that transcends party lines.”
The whole thing shows: “Television debate is very interesting and exciting, but it has its dangers for the party and the future leader.”
Sunak tried to reach out to Johnson because he knew part of the site was still in good shape. He praised Johnson’s determination to make Brexit a precedent. Both tried to change themselves. But they agreed on one thing: neither Sunak nor Truss wanted Johnson in government.
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