Our lettuce survived Liz Truss, British newspaper reports, while Prime Minister stops

LONDON: To the tune of Britain’s national anthem, on Thursday (October 20) a national newspaper declared a beat the victor in a race to see if he would outlast Liz Truss after the controversial prime minister resigned.

The tabloid Daily Star put up a live feed Friday featuring the unrefrigerated iceberg alongside a photo of Truss, asking readers, “Which wet lettuce lasts longer?”

It later expanded the tableau to include a wig, face and grasping hands on the vegetable, as well as two British flags, a pie on a plate, and a red mug that reads “Keep Calm and Carry On,” a slogan used to raising morale in Britain during World War II.

More than 12,000 Twitter users watched the feed when Truss announced her resignation outside the Prime Minister’s residence in Downing Street.

Moments later, when the viewer count reached 21,000, God Save the King sounded as a hand reached across the table and placed the photo of Truss on his back and the caption “The lettuce took longer than Liz Truss” appeared.

The stunt echoed a comment at the other end of the British journalistic spectrum. In a column published last week titled “The Iceberg Lady,” Economist magazine described Truss as “the shelf life of a lettuce.”

Truss’s political role model, the Prime Minister of the 1980s, Margaret Thatcher, was widely known as the Iron Lady.

Truss was appointed on September 6 and succumbed to mounting pressure after she was forced to fire her finance minister and close political ally, Kwasi Kwarteng, after a disastrously received economic package sent shockwaves through financial markets.

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