Speaking on the sidelines of the Tories’ annual conference in Birmingham, the ministers predicted she will survive to fight the next election, due in about two years, because there isn’t enough time to replace her. The result, they said, is likely to be more rebellions from Tory MPs pushing around a lame duck premier, just like the one that forced her into a humiliating U-turn on Monday morning.
The stark view suggests the “new economic deal for Britain” launched by Truss and her Chancellor of the Exchequer Kwasi Kwarteng may be dead in the water before it has even got going. The policy calls for a major program of deregulation in areas such as housebuilding and childcare alongside tax cuts.
One former Cabinet minister predicted Truss will be gone within a year to allow the party time to regenerate before the general election, which must be held by January 2025 at the latest. They said local votes in May, 2023, would provide a clear indication of how badly Truss is doing and predicted that her successor would have to come from outside the current Cabinet.
Reversing the 5% cut to the top rate of tax was essential to avoid significant public protest. The biggest challenge for the Truss administration is their inability to fathom that the era of profligate spending with no concern for funding ended when inflation surged and forced rates higher. The reality is high rates force a reappraisal of value and in turn a questioning of values is inevitable.Click HERE to subscribe to Fuller Treacy Money Back to top