Published September 7, 2022
Liz Truss takes office in difficult times. The new British prime minister, the fourth Conservative to hold the position in 12 years, will lead a party that is wracked with infighting. Britain also faces many serious challenges, any one of which would test a leader’s skill: war in Ukraine, a looming winter of discontent over energy prices and shortages, threats to the union with Scotland and Northern Ireland.
No one should be surprised if she fails, and many expect she will. But there’s one reason she should instead be tipped to succeed: her character.
Henry Olsen, a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center, studies and provides commentary on American politics. His work focuses on how America’s political order is being upended by populist challenges, from the left and the right. He also studies populism’s impact in other democracies in the developed world.