Kristina Murkett

The Shakespearean tragedy of Liz Truss

The final act is upon her


In his book The Five Basic Plots, Christopher Booker outlines five stages of tragedy: anticipation, dream, frustration, nightmare, destruction. So far Liz Truss has completed four of these. Tory party members, like Macbeth’s witches, hailed Liz Truss as ruler of a new low-tax, pro-growth era. She rose to the top, like Macbeth, in a triumph of ambition over ability, but took his advice with her mini-Budget (‘if it were done when ‘tis done, then ‘twere well it were done quickly’) a little too literally.

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