Liz Truss will urge to stop guilt about Britain's past in speech

Liz Truss will urge Britain to stop the guilt about colonial past as she tries to burnish her credentials as the present-day Margaret Thatcher

  • She will condemn guilt about Britain’s colonial past and look to ‘confident’ future
  • Ms Truss last week invited comparisons with the Iron Lady by posing on a tank
  • Foreign Secretary plans to say diplomats should be ‘unleashed and empowered’
  • Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will this week try to burnish her credentials as the ‘new Margaret Thatcher’ with a major policy speech in which she will condemn the hand-wringing about Britain’s colonial past and look to a ‘confident, outward-looking, patriotic and positive’ future.

    Ms Truss, who last week invited comparisons with the Iron Lady by posing on a tank, is expected to say that ‘rather than being racked with shame about our history and doubt about our future, it’s time for Britain to be proud once again of who we are and what we stand for’.

    In her speech to the Chatham House think-tank, the Foreign Secretary plans to say Britain’s diplomats should be ‘unleashed and empowered’ to promote ‘the best of British business, culture and values of freedom, democracy and human rights around the world’.

    Foreign Secretary Liz Truss visits British troops on deployment to Estonia

    Margaret Thatcher British Prime Minister stands in a British tank during a visit to British forces in Fallingbostel

    Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will this week try to burnish her credentials as the ‘new Margaret Thatcher’ with a major policy speech in which she will condemn the hand-wringing about Britain’s colonial past and look to a ‘confident, outward-looking, patriotic and positive’ future

    Liz Truss visited a Triumph motorcycle factory in Thailand

    Margaret Thatcher sitting on a police motorcycle wearing a crash helmet during a visit to the Metropolitan Police North London Area Traffic Division in 1978

    Ms Truss, who last week invited comparisons with the Iron Lady by posing on a tank, is expected to say that ‘rather than being racked with shame about our history and doubt about our future, it’s time for Britain to be proud once again of who we are and what we stand for’

    She is expected to say: ‘We need to believe in Britain and project the best of Britain to the world. I want us to be confident, outward-looking, patriotic and positive and to be proud of our great country.’

    Ms Truss posed for the tank photos on a visit to Estonia, where she warned Russian President Vladimir Putin it would be a ‘strategic mistake’ to invade Ukraine.

    Mrs Thatcher – whom Ms Truss has frequently cited as an inspiration – was photographed in a British tank in West Germany on a visit to UK troops in 1986.

    Ms Truss’s picture coincided with a new survey of Conservative members which found that she continues to top the party rankings for most popular Cabinet Minister, with a net satisfaction rating of 82.3 per cento.

    Brexit Minister Lord Frost was second on 73.3 per cento, e Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor – and Ms Truss’s main leadership rival – was on 53.3 per cento. Boris Johnson was second to last with a rating of minus 17.2 per cento. Party members play the key role in selecting Tory leaders.

    In her speech, Ms Truss is also expected to say that the UK has ‘so much to be proud of and to share with the world’.

    Liz Truss posted this image on her Instagram page in 2019

    Margaret Thatcher holding a calf while campaigning on a farm

    In her speech to the Chatham House think-tank, the Foreign Secretary plans to say Britain’s diplomats should be ‘unleashed and empowered’ to promote ‘the best of British business, culture and values of freedom, democracy and human rights around the world’

    Britain's Foreign Secretary Liz Truss holds a wreath during the Remembrance Sunday ceremony at the Cenotaph on Whitehall in central London, in novembre 14, 2021

    Memorial Ceremony at the Cenotaph in the presence of Margaret Thatcher

    She is expected to say: ‘We need to believe in Britain and project the best of Britain to the world. I want us to be confident, outward-looking, patriotic and positive and to be proud of our great country.’

    She will add: ‘I am putting this at the heart of the FCDO’s mission – to go out there and show what’s great about this country. We have the best diplomats and a world-leading diplomatic network with unique reach and expertise representing us across 180 paesi. I want our foreign policy to project pride in our country.’

    Ms Truss will host her counterparts this coming weekend for the G7 foreign ministers’ meeting in Liverpool.

    A Foreign Office source said: ‘Liz thinks we need to be more confident in promoting Britain. We’ve got the best diplomats and one of the biggest networks, but we need to do more with it. Think of it as diplomacy unchained.’

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