It was just two days ago that her Home Minister, Suella Braverman, was complaining about the “Guardian-reading, tofu-eating wokerati” that she blamed for disruptive protests across the UK. Braverman resigned a day later, becoming the shortest-serving Home Minister since World War II.
Now Liz Truss has joined her, and The Guardian, with a straight face, has published a story comparing the PM to the shortest-serving heads of state of all time. Among the competition:
- William Henry Harrison: Died after just 33 days as U.S. president
- Lady Jane Grey: Queen of England (sort of) for nine days in 1553
- Joseph Goebbels: Technically chancellor of Germany for one day after Adolf Hitler killed himself in 1945. Goebbels killed himself the next day.
Colorful company! We won’t say that The Guardian is dancing on Truss’s grave — not in British politics, where Boris Johnson is already being mooted to return as prime minister (“as a matter of national interest”) less than two months after resigning in disgrace to make way for Truss. Perhaps Liz Truss will be back in January! But it’s fair to say the paper is enjoying Truss’s moment of public humiliation.
At least they weren’t comparing her to a head of lettuce.