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UK economic emergency sets stage for strong words and hollow actions on defence

29th September 2022 - 12:30 GMT | by The Clarence in London


Mere weeks after taking office, UK Prime Minister Liz Truss faces a range of serious challenges on the economy, defence and security. (Photo: Simon Dawson/10 Downing Street)

Much as UK Prime Minister Liz Truss wants to project strong British power on the global stage, investment in much-needed capabilities is jeopardised by the fragile economic situation.

Liz Truss became the third female Prime Minister of the UK, taking office on 6 September at a time of huge economic, social, and political challenges, and facing an in-tray of enormous problems.  

Notwithstanding the death of Queen Elizabeth II within 48 hours of her appointment, causing significant disruption to initial plans, the circumstances of her arrival in office are not dissimilar to those of her political idol Margaret Thatcher, who also came to power facing tense global crises, soaring inflation and a nation that was increasingly discontent with its lot.

For the new Prime Minister, difficult decisions lie

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