The Wall Street Journal

Britain’s Decline from Winston Churchill to Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak

Its domestic politics aside, England has never been more formidable.

Ravenel B. Curry III Distinguished Fellow in Strategy and Statesmanship
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Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth in Lusaka, Zambia, on August 1, 1979. (Getty Images)


Queen Elizabeth II’s first prime minister was Winston Churchill. Her last was Liz Truss. This isn’t what most people call progress.

The serial implosions of four Tory prime ministers—David Cameron, Theresa May, Boris Johnson and Ms. Truss—made a laughingstock of what was once the most successful political party in the Western world. The Labour Party, for its part has, thankfully, freed itself from the shackles of Corbynism, but after 12 years in the wilderness its capacity for government remains open to doubt. Untested in office and divided by Brexit, Labour is better placed to win the next general election than to provide coherent leadership in difficult times.

Read the full article in the Wall Street Journal.