Original: housha source: wechat official account: housha has been authorized to reprint
At noon on the 6th local time, Liz truss, chairman of the British ruling conservative party, met with Queen Elizabeth II in Balmoral Castle, Scotland, and officially became Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. The queen asked her to form a new cabinet from now on.
Truss is the 15th prime minister appointed by the queen and the third female prime minister in British history.
The European and British media are not optimistic about how long she can sit as prime minister, and many media believe that she will not exceed Johnson’s tenure, because the problems she faces are the most difficult in Britain since World War II.
The British society generally has no confidence in this prime minister, who has been appointed at a critical moment. The opposition rate has reached 52%. After the cabinet list is announced, it may be even higher.
Although there is another prime minister in Britain, the Conservative Party has been in power for 12 years, that is to say, the Conservative Party has been fighting inside for more than a decade, and the Labour Party is responsible for dismantling the government.
Cameron has been jokingly called the “paster of the British Empire” by Chinese netizens. However, during his six years in office, at least Britain has a clear foreign policy: to maintain a good special relationship with the United States and to create a “golden age” of relations with China and the United Kingdom. However, a “brexit referendum” led to the direct collapse of Cameron’s cabinet.
Theresa May still wanted to struggle, but she was dragged down by the endless brexit agreement. In July, when Johnson delivered a “farewell speech” in the house of Commons, only Theresa May, a Conservative MP, refused to applaud. She knew best how Johnson and his gang used the brexit agreement to punish her.
After Johnson’s clownish performance, another clownish politician came on stage again.
Britain’s decline is more serious and faster than expected, because Scottish independence has been put on the table.
Although truss has strongly said that she wants to prevent Scotland’s “independence referendum”, she is not sturgeon’s opponent.
If Scotland secedes from Britain, London will lose its North Sea oil fields. The problem in Northern Ireland is bound to break out, and Wales will not be calm next.
After the death of the queen, it will be a question whether the Commonwealth can exist. The throne can be inherited, but the head of the Commonwealth can not. It still needs recognition from all countries.
The disintegration of the British Empire is the choice of history, and perhaps it is the retribution of samsara. In its most glorious years, it did many immoral things. To this day, the borders of countries drawn by Britain with evil intentions in its former colonies are still the source of conflicts.
Since the founding of the United Nations, two old and difficult problems have all been created by Britain: one is the Palestinian conflict between Arab and Israeli countries, and the other is the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan.
How else can we say that Britain is a long-standing troublemaker?
Although the Buddha is still there, the cabinet is still there, and the Royal Navy is still there, the glory is no longer there. At the end of August, the British aircraft carrier Prince of Wales, worth $3.5 billion, broke down shortly after leaving Hong Kong because of “damaged propeller shaft”, so it had to be towed back by a tugboat for maintenance.
What is more frightening is that the problem is not just the mechanical failure itself, but where is the $3.5 billion spent? Who will investigate?
Britain’s decline did not happen overnight. It was a long process.
When the British Empire was at its strongest, overseas colonies spread all over the world. The Royal Navy controlled all important Straits in the world. At the same time, it was also the “world factory”, with the most powerful industrial capacity. The advantages of trade competition overwhelmed all countries.
On foreign policy, Lord Palmerston (who has served as Foreign Secretary for three times) said:
We have no eternal allies or enemies. We only have eternal interests, and our actions should be based on these interests.
Churchill later simplified this passage as: “there are no eternal friends, no eternal enemies, only eternal interests.”
However, Britain has long deviated from its principle of interests and is now busy serving the interests of the United States. More than £ 2 billion was spent on dismantling Huawei’s ready-made equipment, just because Americans came to the door and shouted.
Britain became the Anglo Saxon younger brother of the United States and claimed to be a “special ally” with the United States.
As a matter of fact, Britain did not have long-term alliances with other countries, and it pursued a policy of “glorious isolation”.
Britain’s alliance with Japan in 1902, France in 1904, and tsarist Russia in 1907, including the later “allies” alliance, is both sides and ready to betray its allies at any time.
The basic diplomatic principle of Britain towards Europe and the whole world is “balance of power”. It regards itself as an arbiter and does not allow a country that can threaten British hegemony to appear outside, so as to reap the benefits.
In the first World War, Britain underestimated Germany’s war capability and had to be involved in the war, while the United States became a fisherman.
World War I weakened Britain’s position, despite its victory.
Before World War II, in order to satisfy Germany, Britain sold Czechoslovakia, not only gave its territory to Germany, but also gave its gold deposited in the Bank of England to Germany.
However, Germany was still not deceived into attacking the Soviet Union, but first attacked the west, and Britain had to fight.
After World War II, Britain’s “glorious isolation” was replaced by the “power status” policy.
Churchill put forward the concept of “starting from the position of strength”. If a weak country has no strength, I will bully you. You must accept my “rules”. When the two poles of the United States and the Soviet Union formed, the policy of “strength status” was taken over by the United States, and it was not the turn for Britain to “start from strength status”.
When Britain’s economic, industrial and military capabilities are declining globally, Britain has made every effort to strengthen its public opinion, control its voice, beautify itself and vilify its opponents.
In terms of the ability to create public opinion, Britain has an ancestral capital, that is, the popularity of English. Coupled with the United States, which also has an English Department, Anglo-Saxon countries occupy an absolute advantage in the global public opinion field.
For example, when China and Russia are fighting a global public opinion war with the United States and Britain, they have to convert Chinese and Russian into English before they can be disseminated. The “advantage” of the BBC’s ability to invert black and white and splash dirty water is still very obvious.
However, after all, Britain is a country that started from colonial plunder and trade monopoly. Once it lost its colonies, especially India, the British economy lost an important “blood vessel”. Since the trade monopoly was defeated by the “free trade” of the United States, it could not regain its advantage.
After World War II, the British Pound’s dominance was also replaced by the United States dollar. On June 23, 1972, the United Kingdom had to announce that the pound had a floating interest rate. The following year, it officially joined the European Community (EU).
In the years just after the war, Britain’s foreign trade developed relatively smoothly. However, when Japan and West Germany restored their industrial production capacity, Britain’s hopes were dimmed.
Then, Britain tossed back and forth on the road of “nationalization” and “privatization”. The Labor Party came to power and introduced seven “nationalization” bills in succession.
In 1951, the Conservative Party came to power and “privatized” the steel industry and transportation industry again.
In 1964, the Labor Party came to power and “nationalized” the steel industry and transportation industry.
British capitalists made a lot of money, buying at a low price and selling back to the government at a high price.
In 1979, Margaret Thatcher came to power and carried out full privatization.
The tossing and turning of economic policies is actually the result of British political infighting. In essence, it is the loss of independence of British domestic and foreign policies.
As a result, Britain’s manufacturing capacity has declined all the way, and only the financial industry has maintained its advantage.
After Blair’s labor government came to power, the Soviet Union was no longer there. However, the labor government began to raise the banner of “values”, shouting that “human rights are higher than sovereignty”, and followed the United States to fight Iraq and Afghanistan.
In 2016, the conservative government conducted a referendum on brexit, but ended up playing brexit.
After Johnson and truss came to power, Britain only had so-called “values” and strongly supported Ukraine to fight on.
Britain has transferred all its internal problems to its external “enemies”, and even China has become a threat to Britain’s national security. In history, China has never threatened Britain. On the contrary, Britain launched two opium wars against China.
Brexit cannot save Britain, and being an enemy of China can only make Britain die faster.
The success of the British Empire cannot be replicated, but the decline of the British Empire can be traced.
When the gangsters of Anglo Saxon have nowhere to rob, and a group of politicians with obvious IQ problems are leading this shaky country, the future of Britain is not decline, but decline.
Where can truss take Britain? She is the new captain, but this ship is the Titanic.