After the shortest and most chaotic term of any British prime minister, Liz Truss resigned on Thursday. She was thrown out of office after her economic plan destroyed the nation’s reputation for financial stability and made many people poorer.
A major newspaper proclaimed a lettuce the winner of a contest to determine if it could outlive Liz Truss on Thursday, after the under fire prime minister resigned, to the tune of the national song of Great Britain.
Which wet lettuce will stay longer? the tabloid Daily Star asked viewers of a live video on Friday that featured an unrefrigerated iceberg next to a picture of Truss.
Later, the scene was expanded to include two British flags, a pasty on a plate, and a red cup with the phrase “Keep Calm and Carry On,” which was intended to boost morale in Britain during World War Two. The tableau also included a wig, a face, and grabbing hands for the vegetable.
As Truss announced her resignation in front of Downing Street, more than 12,000 Twitter users were following the feed.
God Save the King played as a hand crossed the table and turned Truss’s picture over, captioning it, “The lettuce has outlasted Liz Truss,” as the audience reached 21,000.
The act echoed a remark made by a journalist on the other extreme of the British journalistic spectrum. The Economist magazine claimed that Truss had “the shelf-life of a lettuce” in an editorial last week titled “The Iceberg Lady.”
The Iron Lady, or Margaret Thatcher, was Truss’s political role model during the 1980s.
Truss, who was appointed on September 6, gave in to pressure after being forced to fire her finance minister and closest political friend, Kwasi Kwarteng, as a result of an economic package that was horribly received and rattled the financial markets.