A few decades ago, an Irish MP was giving the Dail a plangent account of his country’s woes. “Ireland’s cup of troubles is overflowing,” he declaimed, “and it is not yet full.”
For Ireland, many people on this side of St George’s Channel would now read Britain. Yet the pessimists do not include Liz Truss or her Chancellor, Kwasi Kwarteng. They are economic radicals. For years, a lot of thoughtful Tories have been arguing that the solution to the country’s problems is economic growth, and shaken their heads as to the difficulty of stimulating it. The new PM shares the diagnosis but is not interested in the gloom over difficulties. What the country needs, the country will have. She will provide it.