Liz Truss proclaimed inside the British Parliament, “I’m a fighter, and not a quitter.” The next day, she earned the unfortunate ignominy of being the shortest-serving Prime Minister of Britain. But, more than a personal failure, her statement and subsequent actions reflect the political climate on the island.
Ms. Truss held the post of Prime Minister for just 44 days. Her half a dozen weeks in office were embroiled in controversy and policy reversals. Faced with the mammoth task of rebuilding the British economy struggling after a fraught Brexit, a distressing energy crisis perpetuated by the Ukraine war, and reining in inflation, Ms. Truss struggled from the word go.