Episode 98: Liz Truss and the scary future of the British Conservatives

with David Runciman

Liz Truss has managed to persuade herself of a very convenient (from her perspective) “truth”: she wasn’t a terrible prime minister with a flawed economic strategy, but the victim of a deep state conspiracy. Swinging aggressively to the far right, she has been courting Steve Bannon and the American Trumpists on a recent US tour.

What does this mean for the future of British conservatism? What’s the game plan of this group of radicalised Tories – and how worried should we be? To talk us through these questions, hosts Zoe Williams and Luke Cooper talk to David Runciman, professor of politics at the University of Cambridge and the author of a number of books including How Democracy Ends. David’s new podcast is called Past, Present and Future and can be found in the usual places. His recent Guardian essay on the strange world of the Truss phenomenon can be read here.

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20th May 2024