Last week gave us a deep dive into the centrism of the twenty-first century, leading us to think about how the flagging political motivation of American liberalism still hasn’t resulted in the death of that political tendency, and what it would actually take for us to move beyond that (un)dead center. This week, our focus is across the Atlantic, looking at the absolute instant catastrophe triggered by new UK Prime Minister Liz Truss. Our guest this week, writer Owen Jones, puts it this way in a recent piece for the Guardian: “Who will succeed Liz Truss? It doesn’t matter: each Tory MP is as guilty as the last.”
Other than his column in the Guardian, you may have seen Owen’s work in the New Statesman and Tribune; he’s a journalist who covers British politics from a left-wing perspective. He’s one of the best people to ask about how years of Boris Johnson’s leadership have led us to this moment, one in which there seems to be a revolving door built into the office of Tory party leader. With what looks like a challenge to current Prime Minister Liz Truss coming this week, and another potential change of leadership, it makes sense to ask several questions similar to the ones that we considered last week, but in a very different context: Are the Tories facing an existential crisis? What commitments, in terms of class interest, ideology, and beyond, bind that party together? And is that bond going to hold?
We hope you’ll enjoy this conversation, which will be released Friday for paying subscribers on Substack and on major streaming platforms for everyone this Saturday. If you’re looking for more news coverage between now and Friday, we’ve got plenty of material for you from our own platforms. On Breaking Points, Krystal and her co-host Saagar bring you this debate (one that’s playing out in the media right now) about whether John Fetterman is fit for office. And over on the Kyle Kulinski Show, Kyle gets into the recent demonstration by climate activists, involving a very famous van Gogh painting. Enjoy, and see you Friday!
You couldn't find someone worse? Why did you of all people have to host this turd, I think there are much better and more interesting British political commentators with whom you could easily have a serious conversation and who would better explain the total collapse of Thatcher's failed students and the complete abyss of the hegemonic power of the British Empire. it's a shame you didn't choose someone more educated on the subject, honestly you will only waste your precious time with this guy and you won't hear anything wise and innovative from him, you missed a good opportunity to do something good on this very important and relevant topic. But one thing is absolutely certain as far as I'm concerned, I'm going to skip this interview, I hope you will never invite him to be a guest again , It's really unfortunate, but I understand that popularity is a hell of a drug, although I think there are much better people for such topics
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