Truss promises EU “bureaucratic bonfire”, while snacks promote “common sense thatcherism”

The last two British Conservative leader candidates began husting over the weekend and continued to clash with the economy, the race’s biggest battlefield.

Foreign Minister Liz Truss has vowed to ignite the EU-regulated “red tape bonfire,” and former Finance Minister Rishi Sunak said his proposal was “common sense thatcherism.”

The two candidates also promised to tighten the border as they stepped up their campaign to gain popularity among the conservative grassroots.

Red tape bonfire

Tras, who resolved to remain in the European Union in a 2016 referendum, won the support of many hard-line Brexit lawmakers when he successfully secured many trade agreements as Minister of International Trade, and the Brexit Agreement on Northern Ireland. Introduced a law to invalidate some.

Truss will “sunset” all EU-derived businesses once he becomes prime minister to solidify his position as “the best candidate to offer Brexit opportunities” on Friday night. Said to set a deadline for. The regulation totals about 2,400 and assesses whether it will stimulate domestic growth or investment by the end of 2023.

The Truss campaign said it expects Tory leaders to “believe that a bureaucratic formalism bonfire will drive business investment and boost growth.”

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Conservative leader candidate Liz Truss speaks with supporters during his visit to Ashley House in Marden, Kent, on July 23, 2022. (James Manning / PA Media)

When visiting Kent to meet with Conservative members, Truss said, “We want to get rid of these restrictions, get rid of hard-working business and peasant bureaucracy, not only move the economy forward, but also keep taxes low.” rice field.

When asked if he would reduce workers’ rights, Truss told reporters “absolutely not” on a campaign trail in Kent.

“I’m talking about cutting people’s taxes, canceling the National Health Insurance increase, putting more money in people’s pockets, and rewarding those who work hard and go to work.” She said.

Mr Snack said he would replace Prime Minister Boris Johnson with Brexit, who would pass EU law remaining in the statutory book if he broke the truss in the contest.

The Minister will be instructed to provide the first set of recommendations regarding rules that will be scrapped or modified within 100 days of the snack entering Downing Street.


The truss, who has repeatedly worn costumes similar to the wardrobe of former Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, is called “Thatcher’s Tribute Act.”

She dismissed the claim and told BBC Radio 4’s “Today” show, “I’m my own.”

“I have a very different background. I grew up in Yorkshire. I attended comprehensive school. I’m the one who worked hard to get things done. And that’s me. Is what I want to do at work, “she said.

Meanwhile, Snack gave a speech on Saturday in Thatcher’s hometown of Grantham, launching the trajectory of the campaign and calling his plan “common sense Thatcherism.”

Inflation vs. stagflation

“In order to fulfill Brexit’s promises, we will need someone who actually understands Brexit, believes in Brexit, and votes for Brexit,” said the former Prime Minister, weakening his opponent’s qualifications for Brexit. I tried.

In opposition to Truss’ immediate tax cut plan, he said snacks would exacerbate inflation.

“Rising inflation is an enemy that makes everyone poor and endangers homes and savings, and we have to tell the truth about taxes,” he said, as he swiped the truss. Looked.

“I don’t put money back in your pocket because I know that rising inflation only puts it straight back.”

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Conservative leadership candidate Rishi Sunak, daughters Krishna, Anushka, and wife Akshata Murthy on a visit to a Vaculug tire specialist at Gonnaby Hillfoot in Grantham on July 23, 2022. (Danny Lawson / PA Media)

Truss previously said it would immediately reverse the increase in snacks on national insurance and suspend the green energy tax so that people could pay invoices. She said she would fund tax cuts by diversifying the debt accumulated during the COVID-19 pandemic over a longer period of time.

She responded to the snack criticism on Saturday, saying she believed that “when people across the country are suffering from a living crisis, it is wrong to receive money from people we don’t need to take.” rice field.

She was “honest” and argued that tax cuts “promoted economic growth, led to higher tax revenues and the ability to repay their debt.”

Simon Clarke, chief secretary of the Treasury and former colleague of Rishi Sunak, supported the truss on Twitter: “In reality, the real risk to our economy is stagnant (and actually stagflation). There is. “

Clark said the country “cannot tax the path to prosperity and achieve the growth rates needed to increase the size of the cake without lower taxes and the willingness to support supply-side reforms. I can’t. “

NHS backlog

On Saturday, Sunak promised to create a backlog task force modeled after the Vaccine Task Force during the COVID-19 pandemic to support NHS triage and rapid treatment of patients.

The increasing backlog after the pandemic meant that some patients had to resort to private medical care instead of suffering from a waiting list. Snacks called this situation “backdoor privatization.”

Sunak’s five-point plan also plans to increase the number of community diagnostic hubs by diverting 58,000 vacant high street shops with the aim of increasing the number of hubs to 200 by March 2024. It contains.

His strategy promises to reduce bureaucracy to attract the best doctors, while at the same time bringing patients to the “driver’s seat” by highlighting the idea of ​​seeing people who have their own doctors again. I promise to put it.

After Snack announced his plans, Truss told reporters that he was “very clear” about the need to tackle the unprocessed portion of the NHS and would hire a “strong health minister to accomplish it.”

“But to pay for these public services, we need a growing economy. It’s so important that we unleash the opportunity after Brexit. We’ll get rid of those pointless EU regulations. We also cut taxes to get people to start businesses and help their economies grow, “she said.

PA Media contributed to this report.

Lily Chow


Lily Zhou is a freelance writer who mainly covers the British news of The Epoch Times.