Liz Truss’ mini-Budget has done little to unite the Tories

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Some believe another leadership challenge in the next year is not impossible, especially if government borrowing costs rise and Ms Truss’s plans become unaffordable.

The prevailing view, however, is that her opponents within the Conservative Party will simply sit on their hands and wait for events to unfold, for better or for worse.

With just two years until the next general election, it would surely be untenable to change the Tory leader for the third time in three years, and Mrs Truss’s opponents know their only chance of staying in power is for her economic plan to succeed , whether or not they agree with it.

Even her staunchest critics acknowledge that Ms Truss could be lucky. If a peace deal is reached in Ukraine – or Vladmir Putin is toppled – the cost of living crisis will ease due to falling petrol and energy prices.

It would in return cool inflationand when the income tax cuts come into effect next April, people may suddenly be much better off.

There is also an expectation that next May’s local elections could give the government a showdown because seats lost in Theresa May’s disastrous 2019 local elections will be regained.

Border changes that come into effect in July next year will also marginally favor the Tories. Ms Truss could even decide to call an early general election if all these factors go in her favour, although she has publicly stated that the next election will be in 2024 and the full impact of Mr Kwarteng’s growth stimulus will not be felt by then point in time. .

For a Conservative leader to preside over a divided party is nothing new. Thatcher, Major, Cameron, May and Johnson all inherited battles with their backers over the EU, which in some cases ended their careers.

Mrs Truss has created her very own battle, but it is one she is confident she can win – and by adopting an all-or-nothing strategy, she has made every Tory MP dependent on her success.

For the conservative voters, the alternative does not bear thinking about.

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