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Liz Truss’ only chance is for her economic plan to bear fruit – first in pay packets

Stop or grow

GIVEN how vital economic growth is to our futures, all of Britain ought to back Liz Truss’s laser-like focus on it. Such widespread support seems a distant prospect.

After the 45p tax fiasco and a fractious party conference the PM finds herself less popular than Boris at his lowest ebb and with her Tories miles behind in polls.

For all that, her big speech was a solid outlining of her strategy and a skilled skewering of the “anti-growth coalition” of the Remainer Left who believe Brexit Britain is hopelessly doomed to decline.

Truss, like Keir Starmer, is not a smooth performer. But her drawing-up of the political battle-lines hit home: On her side, aspirational workers craving lower taxes and less regulation and sick of strikes and road-blocking eco loons.

On the other, Labour, its union mates, Twitter fans and the Brexit-hating media, all wedded to the status quo of redistributing our shrinking national wealth.

It was big on philosophy and light on detail. But it still had more heft than Starmer’s visionless effort last week.

We hope Truss went some way to galvanising her panicky backbenchers after days of open rebellion in Birmingham. The “protest” by two sniggering Greenpeace idiots helped her.

And, bluntly, if a pro-growth, low-tax agenda cannot unite Tories, what can?

Our fear is that while many voters ARE aspirational, as the PM says, too many aren’t. Millions now fancy Labour, seduced by years of socialism-lite:

Huge public spending, funded by high taxes, and vast state bailouts they now take for granted. Plus, many traditional Tory voters are now Lib Dem-leaning NIMBYs allergic to disruption and growth. Can Truss talk them round?

Her only chance is for her plan to bear fruit — first in pay packets, then in ­visibly revamped towns and cities.

Time is short, the obstacles enormous.

Woke dopes

THE woke Left like to claim they are no more than merely politically correct.

If only it was true. Reasonable political correctness did help modernise attitudes.

Wokeness — the aggressive, obsessive policing of already moderate language and behaviour to avoid mostly imagined offence — is a pervasive blight.

The edict from the Local Government Association on Page 15 would be a hilarious example had it not been sent as firm guidance to councils nationwide.

Mums and dads must be renamed “birthing parents”. Economic migrants here to find work cannot be “economic migrants”.

Immigrants here illegally cannot be “illegal immigrants”.

The homeless cannot even be “homeless”. What, then? “Differently homed”? No! After all, not only can disabled ­people not be “disabled”, they cannot be “differently abled” either.

If any of this bilge actually improved lives it might have some merit. It won’t.

How much did it cost taxpayers for virtue-signalling extremists to sow confusion among exasperated council staff?