Liz Truss speaks to UK Conservatives after election as party leader, September 5, 2022 (Sky)


Reporting for The World, Orla Barry includes my analysis on difficult times ahead for the UK, with a Prime Minister and Cabinet more intent on right-wing posturing than on dealing with multiple crises.

We have the highest inflation in 40 years, and it is set to go even higher. By January, we will have a 200% rise in energy costs within a year. We have 25% of Britons saying they will not heat their homes this winter because they can’t make ends meet.

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I also spoke with South Africa’s national radio station on Monday about the future for Liz Truss — and for the UK — after she was confirmed as the country’s next Prime Minister.

Liz Truss has won the battle but whether she wins the war — what is proving a very costly war for the UK — is in question.

We have the greatest crisis in the UK since the 1970s, when we had a three-day working week, since we had energy and food shortages.

Liz Truss has not given any answers to any of the pressing issues.

ORIGINAL ENTRY, SEPT 5: I joined NBC News’s Savannah Sellers on Monday to explain and analyze Liz Truss (pictured) as the next leader of the UK Conservative Party — and thus Prime Minister from Tuesday.

I begin with “Who is Liz Truss?” and then evaluate why she may struggle for legitimacy inside her own party, let alone in the UK and with British partners.

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