In Birmingham, the British Conservative Party is openly showing its divisions

Interior Minister Suella Braverman, who accuses parliamentarians from her own conservative camp of a ” cut “ against British Prime Minister Liz Truss. A Chancellor of the Exchequer, Kwasi Kwarteng, who, at the end of his arguments to justify the catastrophic reception of his “Mini budget” from the markets, recalls his lack of preparation linked to the queen’s funeral. A key government minister, Penny Mordaunt, breaks ranks and openly criticizes Downing Street. Michael Gove, Grant Shapps or Priti Patel, former ministers of Boris Johnson who also multiply the spades against Mmyself Truss, as if they were already in the election campaign. And the latter who continues the interviews with a smile even if she has already lost a lot of authority, after having assured that she is “Ready to be unpopular” for “Make difficult decisions” – like his idol Magareth Thatcher – but he gave up, in a few hours, the abolition of the 45% income tax rate (a gift for the richest families).

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We could extend the list of tragicomic episodes that marked the Conservatives’ conference, which ended Wednesday 5 October in Birmingham. The British right-wing party gave an edifying spectacle: that of a formation on the brink of implosion, in open war against a government formed just a month ago but which already seemed dying, where the shocking remarks challenged it with incompetence. Jacob Rees-Mogg, the Minister of Industry, argues “Luddites” (referring to the workers who broke down industrial machinery in the early 19th century to protest unemploymentAnd century) the many opponents of hydraulic fracturing and accuse them of being “funded by the Putin regime”. Suella Braverman assures it “his dream”, they are planes full of asylum seekers in distress taking off for Rwanda.

How did the formation of Benjamin Disraeli and Winston Churchill come to devour their leaders – Theresa May lasted three years, Boris Johnson a little longer – and to give the keys of power to the dogmatists of the free market? or to right-wing extremists?

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Simplistic view of the economy

The usury of power has something to do with it: after twelve years at the helm of the country and with a very poor budget, the conservatives are no longer able to renew themselves. The Cameron government’s years of austerity have aggravated inequalities: access to education, health, very high child poverty (27% of children live in families classified as poor), increasing use of food banks (the large Trussell Trust network has distributed 50% more food batches in recent months than before the pandemic). The public hospital can no longer cope and economic growth remains slow, with real wages stagnating for ten years. The Tories are finding it increasingly difficult to blame Labor, which has gone out of business since 2010, or the European Union (EU) for these failures – Brexit has been in effect since January 2021.

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