The United Kingdom it is breaking a sad record of strikes and mobilizations like no one remembers. The specter of a general crisis, when the country is threatened by inflation and recession, weighs on the back of the Prime Minister, Rishi Sunakwho must not only save his government but the fate of the future of the Conservative Party.
Postmen, railway employees, health personnel, border security, a mix of frustrations and complaints that coexist with a double-digit price increase, which in practice is blocking British public life. At least since 1990, the English had not come out in thousands to demand improvements in the face of the loss of purchasing power. But, all the British also demand when the deterioration in the quality of life is evident, essential public services in crisis: health, security and education.
Rishi Sunak, 42, an Indo-British who arrives with the best studies, displays a prestigious resume in finance. Married to the daughter of an Indian millionaire, he had to reveal a path that would allow him to get to the polls while retaining the tenancy of Downing Street but keep the electoral luck of the “tories”.
There is unanimity among analysts that the next general elections will be in May 2024, although the cabinet of the current Head of Government has the mandate to convene them at the end of that year. That is, Sunak has 18 months to reverse an electoral defeat after four consecutive victories for the Conservatives. For now, the polls indicate that the fall is inexorable compared to the Labor Party.
The collapse of confidence in his party, mainly after the failures of Boris Johnson Y Liz Truss, accelerated at least five Sunak promises, moves with which he hopes to be judged more kindly by British voters. In his first high-profile speech after becoming Prime Minister, he pledged to reduce debt and the inflation in the midst of strong social unrest.
The latest announcements come when the new year offers no letup to the list of challenges. The transport movement, which began in July, entered a new phase this week, with four consecutive days of strikes announced at the 14 railway companies and at the network operator, Network Rail.
The colossal task must be faced soberly. A wealthy premier who must steer clear of Johnson’s antics and Truss’s political clumsiness. Along these lines, his trustworthiness will be measured by the fulfillment of two main goals that he has set for himself: on the one hand take inflation from the current 10% to 5% to improve purchasing power, on the other ensure that the UK economy will grow and avoid recession.
With a “black thursday”due to the return of the railway strike, the threat of a “winter with social anger” made this presented roadmap hint that the government could legislate to regulate forceful measures, especially those that affect the essential services.
“The right to strike must be balanced with the right of the population not to be disturbed. We will restore this balance,” Sunak said.
To limit the effect of strikes, the Executive could establish that certain sectors guarantee a minimum service. According to the British newspaper The Times, a new regulation would establish a floor for strikes in the essential sectors, health and transportation. However, the rift within the Conservative party, plus the position of power of Labor in Parliament, could make the legislative treatment complex.
The clock is ticking and the demands are multiple. public hospital patients (NHS)are sleeping in their cars outside the health establishments, since the chaos that surrounds the health service will last until Easter, reflects The Telegraph.
Nurses, who went on strike for the first time in 100 years in December along with paramedics, announced another two days of strike action in mid-January. The claim led to the summoning of security forces personnel to drive ambulances. To all this, the internal doctors could join the movement, in a vote that will take place on January 9, while the fire departments are in the process of deciding something similar.
“It seems likely that the next three months will be defined by the need to declare more critical incidents and by compromising the quality of care,” he said. Matthew Taylor, executive director of the NHS Confederationwhich represents health service administrators, Guardian.
Due to the delays, the fourth promise, is reduce waiting lists in public health Britain hard hit by the economic crisis and the imbalances caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Lastly, she vowed to follow through on the government’s plan to stop illegal immigration. sunak overtook new legislation to stop small boats crossing the English Channel. Those who arrive without papers will be expelled immediately, was another of the Prime Minister’s goals.
“Without tricks, without ambiguities, we are delivering the electoral promises,” he said. “We will rebuild trust in politics through action, or not at all. So, I ask you to judge us by the effort we put in and the results we achieve.”
Sunak’s fate will be linked to results. His reputation as a leader is at stake and that of the Conservative Party to lead the country. The polls mark 20 points ahead of Labor.
When all this happens, Keir Starmer, leader of the opposition, called for the general elections to be speeded up. A general election must be called “immediately” to allow the public to have a say in the Tories’ 13 years of “failure”.
Regarding Sunak’s promises, he added that they sounded like there was “suddenly arrived from the moon”. The Labor leader said: “The Prime Minister yesterday, it was almost as if he had come down suddenly from the moon and he was looking around him saying ‘everything is broken, nothing works'”.
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