My former tutorial partner is now Britain’s PM. Here’s my advice to her


We all go through certain milestones in our lives that make us stop and think. death of one of the parents; a child who finished school; The former educational partner became the Prime Minister. The humble underground economist will have to deal with all three in a few months.

I don’t remember much about Liz Truss from studying mathematical logic with her at Oxford. I was too busy wrestling with Benno’s axioms. I think she felt the same. I doubt she shuddered to read the recent revelation in The Economist that while the Conservative Party venerates her, the Liberal Democrats are targeting “Tim Harford voter”. Really, the narrative arc of my life story has taken a disturbing turn.