The year of 3 prime ministers


photo or infographic by Michael Scholwinski

Great Britain has been having a crisis after David Cameron stepped down in 2016 after Brexit. After this the Conservative Party would continue to win majorities within parliament, but wouldn’t have a Prime Minister lasting longer than three years. The current year alone has seen three new Prime Ministers, with the most recent Prime Minister taking office on Oct. 25, 2022. This turmoil in the political sphere has been coincided by other disasters across Great Britain, with an economic crisis at the doorstep. These crises are worrying to many people in Britain, as the new conservative party leader is elected, many are going to be looking worryingly at this new Prime Minister.

The multiple prime ministers of Britain in this year alone have shown how the current political situation in Britain has not created a strong foundation to deal with the problems within the country.

— Michael Scholwinski

With the election of Rishi Sunak as the prime minister and leader of the conservative party within England, the worries have been piling in as the third prime minister takes center stage to try and deal with the many crises around Britain. The three prime ministers this year have been Boris Johnson that started in 2019 and ended in September of 2022, then Lizz Truss from September of 2022 to October of 2022, then Rishi Sunak taking power on the 25th of Oct. 2022. Back in September of 2022, the UK had dealt with a major scandal with the Prime Minister Boris Johnson, as he hired a whip that was accused of sexual harassment. After a lot of political pressure from other members, he would step down, and allow for elections to go through peacefully. This would lead to the election of the last Prime Minister Lizz Truss. The major problem with this year for Britain is how Lizz Truss chose to deal with the current economic crises, being high inflation and a rise in the cost of living in the country, which was thought to be fixed by possibly working off a mini budget and giving tax cuts to high spenders to alleviate the economy. This worked against the spiking interest rates that were trying to deal with inflation by the Bank of England and the previous government’s trying to lower the cost of living within Britain. Even after firing and replacing the chancellor of the exchequer of the UK, Kwasi Kwarteng with Jeremy Hunt, it was not enough to save Lizz Truss’ authority in her government, forcing her to resign as a consequence. This lead to the current Prime Minister of Britain, Rishi Sunak, who has inherited the many economic and political issues that have plagued the UK this year.