“We must fight to defend the ideals of the United Nations and realize them,” Ms. Truss said Tuesday night in her first speech to a high-level parliamentary debate since becoming prime minister. She proposes a blueprint that would usher in a new era in the UK and, more broadly, mend “the fractured principles that have defined our lives since the dark days of World War II.” second world”.
Indeed, a new chapter has begun in the United Kingdom, just days after the death of Queen Elizabeth II, “the rock on which modern Britain is built”. Ms Truss said she hoped that the new era under King Charles III would be based on new partnerships “and a commitment to hope and progress”.
Democracy vs Autocracy
“This is a divisive moment in the history of this Foundation … and in the history of liberty,” Truss said, praising democratic principles, which alone can ensure economic development and realize citizens’ aspirations. However, autocracies “sow the seeds of their own downfall” by stifling the aspirations and creativity needed for lasting development.
The Prime Minister stressed that her first long-term goal for the UK is to achieve annual economic growth of 2.5% to create quality jobs and fund public services. She also advocates for increased energy resilience and less dependence on autocratic regimes for fuel and food supplies, thus ensuring that citizens “…will not be forced to become children. believed by those who seek to weaponize the global economy.”
These efforts and others she plans to undertake will be part of her country’s response to what she sees as “a real struggle going on in the world between democracies and autocracies. We must do this together so that we can build new partnerships around the work of deepening links with other democracies and building economic and security relationships. new security. “
‘The Power of Collective Purpose’
“The international response to [the war in] Ukraine has shown how we can carry out diplomatic actions and military support quickly. The power of collective purpose that has done something for Ukraine must be used in a more coordinated way to push back against autocracies,” the Prime Minister said, adding that if an economy were to is the target of an belligerent regime,” we should move to support them, acting as a kind of ‘economic NATO’. This is how we will build resilience. “
She went on to say that “no one is threatening Russia, but when we meet, barbaric weapons are being used to kill people”; women raped and families divided. “Putin is trying to assert a democratic mantle for a regime without human rights or freedom,” she said, denouncing the Russian leader’s recent statements as a “desperate attempt to justify justifies catastrophic failures … with claims that are bogus and scarier than threats”.
However, the international coalition against Russian aggression is strong, because, among other reasons, “Ukraine not only defends its values, but also defends its security and values. all over the world.” Prime Minister Truss said, “now is the time to act – on all fronts” to strengthen this purposeful collective strength, and the UK, for its part, will spend 3% of its GDP on defence. in 2030.
“Faced with increasing aggression, we have shown we have the strength to act and are determined to see through it. But this is not a one-time thing. This must be a new era in which we pledge to ourselves, our citizens, and this institution that we will do whatever it takes to benefit our people and protect our communities. our values,” said Ms. Truss.
Concluding, she said: “The story of 2022 could be an Authoritarian State rolling its tanks across the border of a peaceful neighbor and subjugating its own people. Instead, it’s a story about freedom fighting back.”