Britain has a new girlboss, Liz Truss, but the country’s new, always Insta-ready prime minister has a problem. She speaks the language of relentless boosterism – the upbeat idiom of her predecessor, Boris Johnson – but lacks his charisma and people-pleasing delivery. She offers nostrums – a power fantasy and utopian economic promise – that reprise Britain’s Iron Lady but Truss ain’t no Maggie Thatcher.
In any case, today’s Britain is a world away from the nation that Thatcher decisively (and divisively) put on course for growth in 1980s by drastic privatisations and deregulation. At the weekend, GDP figures from the IMF showed Britain slipping one place below India, which is now the world’s fifth largest economy.
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Originally published at https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com on September 5, 2022.