Liz Truss looks destined to be our next prime minister by early September.
Those on the Left are already slavering at the prospect. They think she is inexperienced, inconsistent, unimpressive, ill-informed, accident-prone, with a weak grasp of the facts and leaden in action, whether under attack or on the offensive.
The Left is not entirely wrong. Though Truss has grown in stature and confidence as the Tory leadership contest has progressed (as illustrated by her surest performance to date in Thursday’s Sky News debate), there are still grave doubts that she has what it takes to be Prime Minister.
Andrew Neil is the chairman of the Spectator magazine and host of The Andrew Neil Show on Channel 4
Margaret Thatcher may be her role model but she comes across as Thatcher without the clarity of purpose and steely determination to make things happen. Thatcher had ropey starts as Tory leader and prime minister but she quickly grew into the jobs, with confidence, stature and…