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No Trust In Short-Lived PM Truss

Truss’ resignation is all about the economy.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, with her husband Hugh O'Leary stood to the side, delivers her resignation speech at Downing Street on October 20, 2022 in London, England. Photo by Rob Pinney/Getty Images

Liz Truss proclaimed inside the British Parliament, “I’m a fighter, and not a quitter.” The next day, she earned the unfortunate ignominy of being the shortest-serving Prime Minister of Britain. But, more than a personal failure, her statement and subsequent actions reflect the political climate on the island.

Ms. Truss held the post of Prime Minister for just 44 days. Her half a dozen weeks in office were embroiled in controversy and policy reversals. Faced with the mammoth task of rebuilding the British economy struggling after a fraught Brexit, a distressing energy crisis perpetuated by the Ukraine war, and reining in inflation, Ms. Truss struggled from the word go.

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