Energy gap

Will Truss’s gamble on energy bills pay off?

Today’s energy bills announcement was the first really important moment of Liz Truss’s premiership so far – and may prove to be the most important one of her entire tenure. Kate has a run-down of the details of the policy here, but what the plan to freeze the average energy bill at £2,500 a year means politically is that there is a clear dividing line between the Truss government and Keir Starmer’s opposition – a line both of them are very happy to thicken.  A striking thing about Truss’s manner is that she goes headlong into the arguments of her opponents before they’ve even had a chance to raise them.