Andrews was just as willing to stand alone amongst her fellow free-marketeers when she warned about what she saw as the dangers of 'Trussonomics'. But she explained, not disparaged. Andrews was writing from the start of this summer’s leadership race about the pitfalls in Liz Truss's agenda: mainly the plan to throw fiscal prudence out the window and borrow billions for tax cuts and more spending. When Liz Truss was on course to become Tory leader, Kate interviewed the three economists behind her economic agenda (exclusively revealing Gerard Lyons and Julian Jessop as two of Truss's advisors). The three-page magazine spread (3 September 2022) became the guide used to understand Truss's economic plans, picked up and shared by other news outlets. Andrews herself remained unpersuaded by Trussonomics: on 8 October 2022 she wrote a column saying that Truss was about to bury, rather than champion, low-tax economics because her experiment represented “a fatal combination of miscalculation and hubris”. Truss resigned 12 days later.
Andrews has used her extensive contacts in the economics and political world to create a new style of economic reporting, one that combines specialist economic knowledge with an insider’s guide to keep readers briefed not just on what’s just happened, but what is around the corner. In addition to building set-piece, trend-spotting stories, she reports and provides analysis on daily events on the Spectator’s website and daily podcast, as well as doing high-profile interviews, including the-chief economist to the Bank of England Andy Haldane and President Zelensky’s economic advisor Alexander Rodnyansky. A woman in a still male-dominated corner of our trade - and one of the younger journalists in this speciality - she has been prepared to go against the grain, spotting trends early.