'We love a bedraggled, posh man. But the spoddy, grammar school girl? We just don’t like all that hard work.'
Of course she was liberal...before she got mugged by reality.
Loved her first move, open up the energy markets. The climate ideology is going to destroy our economies and hurt many people
Great article. Thank you for giving us an education on this new PM. Im definitely going to be following her now.
Up here in the "Frozen Land of Studied and Sincere Under-performance" (Canada, just so we're clear) where we have made trying hard to be second-rate or worse a sign of virtue, we'll trade you one whole Unbelievably Incompetent Liberal Cabinet led by Prime Minister Fop-Boy (aka Peter Pandemic) for 1/2 Liz Truss.
“At the moment, we import two-thirds of all of our apples, we import nine-tenths of all of our pears, we import two-thirds of our cheese. That. Is. A. Disgrace.” More bafflement, then laughter, but not the good kind. It was an odd combination, like Thatcher but with sports bras and a capacity for alarmingly nonsensical statements.
How is it "alarmingly nonsensical" to want your nation to be more self-sufficient? Only a wild-eyed globalist would see it that way.
Also: "...she forged a political career in sharp opposition to the politics of her home—which were, in her mathematician father’s case, socialist. (John Truss is said to be “appalled” by his daughter’s “conversion to extreme right-wing politics.”)
How can one be a socialist and a mathematician simultaneously - since under socialism nobody is counting, and on the odd occasion when they do, nothing adds up?
Great article. Real journalism of the caliber I expect to see on this page. Thankyou.
My take on Liz is that she is what most countries in the western world need now. She is capable of seeing the changes that are neccessary and understands what the people need and want. Of course that's not a view that's accepted by most politicians as they've forgotten they are there to do the bidding of the people who elected them.
It is why so many of them have such a sour expression these days...they know that could have been them had they cared to actually do thier jobs.
So a person interviews a bunch of people about another person. Uses a mix of her quotes. Talks a lot about what she wears. Says she has a bossy “head girl” vibe and lacks charisma. There’s a special set of misogyny for women in leadership and I think this piece has more than a bit.
And I’m with the other readers who pointed out that self-sufficiency is a thing. Sometimes useful, as in European energy.
Excellent insight into Liz Truss, can we now have some insight into our wonderful Brandon?
A pragmatic libertarian with iffy social skills. Sounds like a woman after my own heart.
Great piece. Politics apart, I've been confused by so many politicians/journalists/experts accusing Truss of stupidity, before she's even really started her job.
Liz Truss has started by legalizing fracking. All EU countries should follow. The US should return to the Republican energy policies that encouraged drilling.
It makes no sense to import natural gas and oil that can be produced domestically. It should be obvious by now that Net Zero is not possible with current technology without massive costs, and it's causing a massive energy crisis. Virtue signalling by importing fossil fuels instead of producing them more economically and securely at home is ridiculous.
Watched her on Questions to the Prime Minister. In that setting, she proved herself to be knowledgeable, able to give succinct answers, and showed great charisma and leadership. How refreshing to hear a leader say that a country cannot tax themselves out of every problem. Envy inspiring to have a politician state a proposition and without ever flinching or name calling answer the oppositions challenges to the proposition.
Fascinating, informative article. Hints that we may have a first on-the-spectrum prime minister. Numerate. Rare, promising.
I so deeply admire Margaret Thatcher and am delighted to read that Truss does, too. It was surprising and troubling to read of her energy price controls. This article explained that decision, logically, without embedded editorializing ("baffling" is a fair, descriptive characterization). This is one of many reasons to support Common Sense.
A motivated on-the-spectrum person has little innate emotional intelligence yet studies others thoughtfully and analytically. How can she endure the constant social contact and talking-talking-talking of politics? Apparently some can turn it on as part of a purposeful job, as long as they have a home to retreat to. Perhaps one can envision people as talking chess pieces, letting go of the exhausting attempt to care personally in favor of an overall caring agape.
I feel hopeful about Truss. Where is our own Truss in the U.S.? Neither major party offers such hope.
I wish her success in helping the people of the U.K. with economic and political challenges looming.
Zoe, in writing, if you say Boris Johnson cheated on his second wife, then at least put in that Liz Truss also cheated on her husband. That at least gives an even handed picture and avoids the guy is a rat picture. He might be, but let's be fair here and report all sides.
As for actually reading and studying issues, hell give me Liz. Much better rather then calling a lid and going for ice cream while Rome burns and the border is secure from illegals and fentanyl. At least she will be versed on the issues and not try the BS of inflation isn't up, it just raised before and now isn't spiking. Yeah your investments, 401K, and other future assets are shit, but you know todays special is vanilla with sprinkles. Excuse me, was that you or me that hit the atmosphere with a gas bomb?
I for one am more than willing to give the ladies a chance versus the crap hole our fearless brave draft dodgers and get filthy rich politicians have given us in the last how many years?
She sounds like a likable oddity, but the undercurrents in the article suggest a Machiavellian individual whose political nose can smell blood from a good distance. She certainly has her work cut out for her, as does any world leader today.
"Pounced?" Seems like she has spent her adult years preparing herself for larger things.