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Things We Saw Today: Even Her Own Party Is Laughing That Liz Truss Was Ousted Before Her “Rise to Power” Book Hits Shelves

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 20: The front page of the London-based newspaper "The Evening Standard" announces the resignation of Prime Minister Liz Truss, in Westminster on October 20, 2022 in London, England. Liz Truss has been the UK Prime Minister for just 44 days and has had a tumultuous time in office. Her mini-budget saw the GBP fall to its lowest-ever level against the dollar, increasing mortgage interest rates and deepening the cost-of-living crisis. She responded by sacking her Chancellor Kwasi Kwarteng, whose replacement announced a near total reversal of the previous policies. Yesterday saw the departure of Home Secretary Suella Braverman and a chaotic vote in the House of Commons chamber. (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images)

After weeks of speculation on whether or not Liz Truss would survive even a few months as the U.K. Prime Minister, the news is in, and it’s a resounding “nope.” While Queen Elizabeth‘s death overshadowed Truss’ entrance into the position, her time leading up to and through her record-breakingly short tenure was embroiled in mess both within her party and the economy of the U.L. at-large. Even as she steps down, things will be awkward because she will still serve in parliament and her book Out of The Blue: The Inside Story of Liz Truss & Her Explosive Rise To Power comes out in a few months.

Harper Collins announced this biography written by Harry Cole (The Sun) and James Heale (The Spectator) on September 20 with a December 8 release date. Lots of rumors are swirling on how this book may pivot if it’s even coming out at all. One of the reoccurring jokes comes from people referencing thousands of Alan Patridge (a character played by Steven Coogan)’s books being pulped after his autobiography didn’t sell well. The best/worst jokes were said right to her face in parliament by Labour leader, opponent Keir Starmer.

Yes, even people in Truss’ own party were struggling not to laugh at this burn. Between this and the lettuce jokes, I almost feel bad. I say “almost” because other than this embarrassment, she’s still winning, unfortunately. Even though the wannabe Margaret Thatcher only served about 45 days (give or take an hour)— she qualifies to collect about $129,000 a year allowance for the rest of her life. This is a calculation with the weak pound right now, meaning the value could go up if their economy got stronger.

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What did you see today, Mary Suevians?

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