“The lettuce outlasts Liz Truss,” introduced The New York Occasions inside an hour of the prime minister’s resignation.
In a “ludicrous assertion befitting of a ridiculous second”, the paper defined to US readers, the UK’s Every day Star had pitted a bit of salad in opposition to the embattled Tory chief in a web-cam stunt as Truss’s premiership descended into chaos. And “in the long run”, stated The Atlantic, “the lettuce received”.
However whereas the pound rallied as markets reacted favourably to Truss’s imminent departure, worldwide commentators identified that the challenges dealing with her successor might be no laughing matter.
‘Lengthy winter of discontent’
Truss’s successor must “navigate a political disaster and financial turbulence”, stated The Wall Road Journal, as Britain battles “stagflation – the mix of sluggish progress and excessive inflation”.
The following PM is “nearly certain to face an extended winter of discontent”, added the paper’s UK correspondent Max Colchester, “with actual wages forecast to fall, labour unions promising a sequence of strikes and many citizens demanding elections”.
The Home journal editor Rosa Prince discovered it “laborious to consider” that lower than six weeks had handed since Truss met with Queen Elizabeth at Balmoral earlier than taking on in No. 10. The Conservatives – “probably the most electorally profitable get together in British political historical past” – is now “battle scarred, riven into multitudes of factions and overhung with an air of bitterness”, Prince wrote in an article for CNN.
Zurich’s 20 Minuten famous that the UK authorities “was in a state of chaos” earlier than Truss was “pressured to vacate her publish”. Hamburg’s Der Spiegel agreed that in simply “six weeks on the head of presidency”, Truss precipitated “turbulence within the monetary markets”.
Not less than Britain’s subsequent PM “is not going to be topic to a months-long election like final time”, stated Time’s London-based reporter Yasmeen Serhan, following reviews that the Tory get together management contest might be accomplished inside the subsequent week. Members are prone to “search out a unity candidate who can deliver the get together collectively after a fractious six weeks and enhance its standing within the polls”, Serhan predicted.
‘The failed woman’
Berlin’s Der Tagesspiegel described Truss as “the failed woman”, and stated that whereas she was “on no account accountable” for the demise of the Queen, the circumstances below which she took workplace have been now seen by “many Britains” as a “unhealthy omen”.
In Russia, the International Ministry publicly welcomed the resignation of Truss, who had pledged her help to Ukraine. Spokesperson Maria Zakharova declared that Britain had “by no means seen such shame from a major minister”. Truss could be remembered for her “catastrophic illiteracy”, Zakharova added.
State-owned Russian information ageny RIA Novosti summed up the scenario much more bluntly, with the headline: “Truss Humiliation. UK loses second prime minister in a 12 months.”