It has also become the butt of quintessentially British humor – most notably by both newspapers The Economist (considered one of the world’s Major newspapers) and The Daily Star, an entertainment-oriented tabloid that brands itself as a “fun house” and regularly features photos of scantily clad celebrities.
The gang started in an article in The Economist earlier this week Dubbed Truss “The Iceberg Lady”, clearly predicting her career as having the “shelf-life of lettuce”.
Until Friday, the Daily Star was offering its readers a live stream of store-bought lettuce (costing 60 pence – just under a dollar – and with a shelf-life of about 10 days). Truss, with the question: “Day One: Which Wet Lettuce Lasts Longest?”
The live-streamed decay has since attracted more than 350,000 viewers, as people tune in to see Truss’s political career or the salad staple (who briefly donned a wig and googly eyes) come to a quick end.
The Daily Star the accused Truss as a “lame duck PM” after a “shambolic day” on Friday Her finance minister was sackedKwasi Kwarteng, after only 38 days in office and to stabilize a shaky economy, made a U-turn on tax policies.
Kwarteng, who will go down in the history books as Britain’s second shortest-serving chancellor, was also subject to jokes from the British press – who pointed out that the shortest-serving chancellor had died (Ian McLeod in 1970 after 30 days in the job) rather than being fired.
The hashtag “#lettuceliz” was picking up steam on social media on Saturday, with users unsure whether to laugh or cry over the national developments.
Some online complained that they had cheese in the fridge that lasted longer than Kwarteng’s spell at the office, while a trans-Atlantic observer made fun of: “In America we measure such things in Scaramucci,” referring to Anthony Scaramucci – short term White House communications director, who lasted less than a week in the Trump administration.
By the British Prime Minister He also faced criticism for holding an unusually brief news conference after announcing Kwarteng’s departure on Friday, which lasted just eight minutes and 21 seconds.
Meanwhile, opposition political parties in Britain are calling for a general election.
“Changing the Chancellor does not undo the damage done in Downing Street. Liz Truss’s reckless approach has wrecked the economy, sending mortgages skyrocketing and Britain’s position on the global stage deteriorating.” said Labor leader Keir Starmer, whose party is enjoying a surge in opinion polls. “We need a change in government.”
Small Liberal Democrat Party Echo A similar sentiment: “Enough is enough. Boris Johnson started it by failing our country and now Liz Truss has destroyed our economy. It’s time the people had their say.
Truss’ promise to simultaneously cut taxes and maintain social programs without deep debt has been troubling the market and members of her party for the past few weeks. Plunging pounds and coercion The Bank of England will make an unprecedented intervention To quell the economic revolt.
She quickly replaced Kwarteng (who was attending an International Monetary Fund meeting in Washington before returning to the UK), former foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt, who promised to restore financial credibility on Saturday. Hunt beat Johnson in the 2019 Conservative leadership race.
Truss also walked back one of her top campaign pledges – and will now allow corporate tax to rise from 19 per cent to 25 per cent in April 2023, she said.
Like the rest of Europe, Britain is grappling with rising inflation, a crisis in livelihoods and many labor strikes in everything from transport to health and the postal sector. estimate A potential winter of discontent on the horizon.
The Average price of lettuceAt least, it didn’t go up too badly.
Carla Adam and William Booth contributed to this report.