British PM Truss vows she will fight against “anti-growth coalition”


British Prime Minister Liz Truss said on Wednesday that she would not allow “the anti-growth coalition”, including the opposition Labour Party and trade unions, to stop the country from progressing.”I will not allow the anti-growth coalition to hold us back,” she said in a speech to the annual conference of the Conservative Party.Truss, elected by party members and not the broader electorate, was addressing the party faithful after she was forced to reverse plans to scrap the top rate of tax.She acknowledged that change brings “disruption”. That U-turn has emboldened sections of her party who are now likely to resist spending cuts as the government seeks ways to fund the overall fiscal programme.That risks not only the dilution of her “radical” agenda but also raising the prospect of an early election. Having entered the conference hall to a standing ovation and the sound of M People’s Moving On UP, Truss told party members and lawmakers that she wanted to build a “new Britain for the new era”.“For too long, the political debate has been dominated by how we distribute a limited economic pie. Instead, we need to grow the pie so that everyone gets a bigger slice,” she said in the central English city of Birmingham.“That is why I am determined to take a new approach and break us out of this hightax, low-growth cycle.”The conference, once expected to be her crowning glory after being appointed prime minister on September 6, has turned into a personal nightmare, and a battle for the country’s political future.As the debate moved on from tax cuts to how the government would fund them, lawmakers and ministers openly clashed, in stark contrast to the sense of discipline on display at the opposition Labour Party conference last week.