will PM Liz Truss last ‘longer than a salad’?

On its website, tabloid Daily Star put a portrait of Liz Truss and a salad side by side. An “iceberg” salad, bought for 60 pence in the supermarket. This small staging is filmed 24 hours a day by a webcam.

The idea is to bet on which of the two – the salad or the prime minister – will break down faster. The joke isn’t very tasteful, but it sums up the situation perfectly: Liz Truss has been in power for a month and 11 days, but she’s already in such bad shape that she doesn’t have much time left before she rots on her feet. Wouldn’t his leadership be better than a big salad? This says Daily Star was nice because an iceberg, in the fridge… it lasts more than 10 days.

The story began with a column in the weekly magazine The Economist, on 12 October with the title “Isbjergdamen”. The weekly calculated that, deducting the 10 days of mourning after Queen Elizabeth’s death, Liz Truss remained in control for seven days.”about the shelf life of a salad”. Something to give some ideas.

It was on economic issues that Liz Truss stumbled. On 23 September 2022, she presents a mini-budget that promises significant tax cuts, without explaining the funding. Panic in the markets, the pound fell to its lowest point against the dollar and the Conservatives’ popularity plummeted. His intransigence did not last long: in a disaster, Liz Truss tries to rectify the situation. On Friday, October 14, she announces the dismissal of her finance minister (life 38 days) and agrees to reconsider one of her flagship measures, namely to lower corporate tax to bring money into the coffers.

That’s not enough to calm things down. The new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, a veteran of the Cameron years, will present a new budget on 31 October. It will be a radical change of direction which should calm the markets… but probably won’t be enough to save Liz Truss’ head.

On Sunday 16 October, the – still – Prime Minister published a chronicle in Sun. I listened, I understood”, she says, but over the weekend the criticism has gone up a notch.

A hundred letters of defiance have already been submitted to the party, according to Sunday Times. “Exit now“, “step down now”, especially asks the respectable Crispin Blunt, 25 years on the benches of Parliament.

And it is a matter of national interest: the subject is on the front page of all the press on Monday, October 17. The Tories need to figure out what complicated mechanism they could take Liz Truss to the pot. The only thing still holding them back is that they have no desire to go back to the ballot box: they know they are going to lose (they are 26 points behind Labour).

If Liz Truss ever leaves power, who could replace her? A few names are circulating, including those who ran against her to win the post of prime minister: Rishy Sunak especially. Close to Jeremy Hunt, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer in “Bojo”, watches Truss’s missteps since coming to power. Penny Mordauntwho came third in the Downing Street race and was considered a “more consensus of conservatism” talk Guardian. Without forgetting the outsider, a certain Boris Johnson, the former Prime Minister who gave way to Liz Truss and who also knows about salads.

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