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How Long Can Liz Truss Survive as Prime Minister?

British Prime Minister Liz Truss

British Prime Minister Liz Truss

Photographer: Adrian Dennis/AFP


UK financial markets have been plunged into chaos since the government announced £160 billion ($174 billion) of unfunded tax cuts last Friday. The pound has hit a record low against the dollar, gilt yields have spiked and on Wednesday the Bank of England pledged unlimited buying of long-dated bonds to avert an imminent market crash.

Prime Minister Liz Truss, who's been in the job less than a month, pledged to stick to her guns in a round of local radio interviews on Thursday but the scale of the selloff has people asking whether she will survive.

Where is Liz Truss today?
Truss hadn't appeared in public since the tax cuts were announced before a rapid-fire series of short interviews with local BBC radio stations for the morning commuters. She was given a pretty tough time with one interviewer challenging her for repeating scripted answers and another simply asking, "Where have you been?" She was back a couple of hours later to try again with an unscheduled broadcast clip on Sky News. She's due to speak to local BBC TV later in the day.

Will Liz Truss survive as prime minister?
Truss came into power in a weak position because two thirds of Tory MPs had voted against her in the leadership contest — she squeaked into the runoff against Rishi Sunak and then won thanks to her support from party members. But the way she's handled her first major policy announcement has made her position much worse.