It all started with a column in ‘The Economist’ magazine. And the headline had nothing to do with lettuce: “Liz Truss has made the UK a riskier bet for investors”. The text, which is not signed, dubs the Conservative leader “The Iceberg Lady” —we get to the lettuce soon— and states that Truss has already ensured that her term will be remembered as “the prime minister whose tenure in power was briefer.”
No, the conservative president has not resigned. She arrived at Downing Street on September 6, recalls ‘The Economist’, and only 17 days later she announced a tax cut plan worth 43 million pounds that “set her own government on fire”. The weekly deducts from her mandate the 10 days of mourning for the death of the Queen of England. According to her accounts, she has only been in office for seven business days.
And this is where lettuce comes into the picture. According to ‘The Economist’, the vegetable has “the same expiration date” as Truss.
While ‘The Economist’ goes on to review all the reasons why the British prime minister has destroyed her government in less than a head of lettuce, the British tabloids have picked up the gauntlet. The sensationalist ‘The Daily Star’, whose subtitle is “The home of fun things”, has published an image of the prime minister next to an “iceberg” lettuce and asks for fun to find out which of the two will last longer, the photo or the vegetable. The question was launched on Twitter this Friday and has traveled the network accompanied by the label #LizVsLettuce (Liz against the lettuce) in the account of the British newspaper.
There is more. The image of Truss, framed, poses next to a real lettuce that is not refrigerated and whose deterioration you can follow live.
The British tabloid also invites its readers to bet on the outcome. At the moment, 92% of the participants in the Daily Star survey have joined the “lettuce team” and consider that the vegetable will last 10 days, but not Truss.
The British Conservative leader fired her Finance Minister, Kwasi Kwarteng, on Friday after spending just 38 days in office. Kwarteng was responsible for the cut plan that Truss has been forced to reverse after it was met with criticism even from within the Conservative Party and even a Bank of England intervention in the bond market.
Kwarteng’s dismissal will not remove the problems of the prime minister, who until now had defended the tax cut and had defended the finance minister. Several members of the Conservative Party have expressed their criticism of Truss and, according to some reports, senior party officials they will ask for his resignation next week.