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Amid political pressure in the UK for Prime Minister Liz Truss to step down, popular British newspaper, The Daily Star, launched an unexpected duel on social media between Truss and a piece of lettuce. Yes, lettuce.
On his YouTube channel And on its Twitter account, the newspaper created an uninterrupted live broadcast with a picture of the Conservative Party leader and a watch and a lettuce with the following question: Can Liz Truss live longer than a lettuce? All this in the midst of continuous calls for his resignation.
In the video, lettuce with eyes and a wig appearsIt quickly went viral and became one of the most talked about political jokes in the country.
Finally, this Friday, the challenge was a winner: lettuce, after the prime minister resigned from her post.
Prior to Truss’ speech more than 12,000 Twitter users were watching the broadcast, but when he announced his resignation, the viewership quickly rose to 21,000.
The newspaper headlines soon continued the game of political humor by adding new titles in style: “Lettuce celebrates its victory”. Meanwhile, the live broadcast continued, although this time around other vegetables with googly eyes, bottles of gin and champagne, disco music and strobe lights.
After a week of intense political pressure within her party, Truss announced her resignation less than two months after taking office.
This makes the chief gears with Shortest time in power in British history.
Live broadcast of the duel between Truss and Lettuce It was a reflection of the political crisis the country is going through.
This began on September 25, when the new finance minister, Kwasi Quarting, announced a tax cut that would benefit higher earners and businesses.
This measure caused the pound to fall to historical lows and drew criticism from the markets and even the International Monetary Fund for trying to cut taxes at a time of the global economic crisis.
On October 3, Kwarteng was forced to back out of his plan and on October 14 he was dismissed from his post.
His replacement was replaced by Jeremy Hunt, who ended up days later burying the government’s economic plan.
Truss will remain in office until her replacement is announced, following a leadership contest within her party, which is expected to take place next week.
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