In case you somehow hadn’t heard, Liz Truss stepped down from her role as Prime Minister yesterday in what was a history-making move.
We say ‘history-making’, as Truss did, quite literally, make history during her time as leader of the Conservative Party for officially being the shortest-serving Prime Minister in the history of the United Kingdom after only being in office for just 44 days.
Truss took over from outgoing PM Boris Johnson on 5 September 2022.
During her 44 days as leader, Truss was elected to office during an ongoing cost of living crisis and an energy supply crisis, in which her government – and the former Chancellor she sacked six days before her resignation, Kwasi Kwarteng – implemented an Energy Price Guarantee that limited energy prices for households, businesses, and public sector organisations.
Truss’s government will likely also be remembered for having announced large-scale borrowing and various tax cuts in a mini-budget unveiled on 23 September – which was poorly received, the subject of major backlash from both within the Tory party, as well as from opposition parties and the wider general public.
After the mini-budget announcement went on to cause economic chaos and see the value of the pound plummet, Truss’s new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt was then forced to largely reverse a lot of the measures that were set out.
Truss’s time in office also saw the death and state funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, which means 10 whole days of her leadership were spent in a period of national mourning.
Understandably, given the fact that 44 days as Prime Minister is, in a lot of respects, a very short amount of time, the internet has been having an absolute field day working out things that have lasted longer than Liz Truss.
And so, because we could all do with a bit of light relief from what has undeniably been a week (well year, well lifetime, to be honest) of absolute political chaos, we thought we’d round up a list of some of our favourites that we’ve seen knocking around online over the last 24 hours – and we’ve even come up with a few of our own too.
We decided to pick 44 things, one for each day Truss spent in office – of course.
The Daily Star’s 60p lettuce (still going strong)
Kim Kardashian’s marriage to Kris Humphries (72 days)
The time you’ve got to return something to B&Q (90 days)
Tyson Fury’s retirement (53 days)
Johnny Depp and Amber Heard’s defamation trial (51 days)
Phinneas and Ferb’s summer vacation (104 days)
The DFS sale (probably forever?)
The average lifespan of a red blood cell (115 days)
Jedward’s time on X Factor
Wagner’s time on X Factor
Chico’s time on X Factor (he actually got to the quarter-final, can you believe?)
How long the Chilean miners were trapped underground for (69 days)
The first COVID lockdown (91 days)
A typical season of Love Island (56 days)
Chris Evans’ time as a host of Top Gear (47 days)
The time ‘Believe’ by Cher spent at the top of the UK charts (49 days)
The time ‘Umbrella’ by Rihanna spent at the top of the UK charts (70 days)
Big Sam Allardyce’s infamous time as England manager (67 days)
The ‘partygate’ scandal (sorry to drag this up again – 164 days)
The average probation period at a new job (up to 90 days)
The longest recorded game of Monopoly (70 days)
My IKEA coffee table (surprisingly still standing)
The lifecycle of a female mosquito (56 days)
How long a jar of mayonnaise lasts in the fridge (60 days, apparently)
Also, this avocado in John Bishop’s fridge (unknown, we’ll have to take his word for it)
Anne Widdecombe on Strictly Come Dancing (70 days)
John Sergeant on Strictly Come Dancing (61 days)
Ed Balls on Strictly Come Dancing (91 days)
Pumpkin Spice Latte season at Starbucks (68 days, give or take)
Vine (1454 days)
The lifespan of a banana from green to bad (45 days)
David Blaine’s famous glass box stunt (44 days – snap)
The London 2012 Olympic torch relay (60 days)
The runtime of every episode of Coronation Street when played back-to-back with no breaks (6 months, apparently)
Christopher Eccleston’s time as the Ninth Doctor on Doctor Who (84 days)
How long the Gallagher brothers have been fighting for (who knows, probably their whole lives? Oasis famously split up in 2009)
Kayne West’s 2020 campaign to be US President (123 days)
The ‘Hundred Days’ war (110 days, the name lies)
Molly-Mae and Tommy Fury keeping their pregnancy a secret (3 months, ish)
The length of time The Queen’s Gambit spent as ‘number 1’ on Netflix (46 days)
How long it takes for your new passport to arrive (10 weeks, if you’re lucky)
Luis Suarez’s 10-game Premier League ban for one of the times he bit another player (151 days)
Larry the Downing Street cat (who knows, longer than any PM – what a legend)
And last but not least – and probably the most shocking.
44. The length of the 2022 Conservative Party leadership race that actually elected Liz Truss as Prime Minister (61 days)
Yes, that’s right, that means Truss was campaigning to become UK Prime Minister for 17 whole days more than she actually spent as UK Prime Minister, which is, honestly, one of the most absurd facts of this whole ordeal.
So there you have it.
Featured Image – 10 Downing Street (via Twitter)
Sir David Jason set for TV return in Only Fools and Horses documentary Christmas special
In a surprise bit of festive news, the only and only Sir David Jason is returning for an Only Fools and Horses Christmas special this December. Lovely jubbly!
The best-loved and most-watched British comedy of all time will be back on our screens in documentary form this festive season, with Del Boy himself David Jason revisiting the iconic comedy character after 20 years he last played him on screen.
While the legendary sitcom was broadcast on BBC back in the day, the highly-anticipated Only Fools doc will be airing on Channel 5 right before Christmas as a special one-off programme.
Looking back on the show’s incredible run on UK screens over seven series and the several ‘Christmas Cracker’ specials, specifically, the latest Only Fools and Horses documentary will see Jason and a number of other guests appearing to chat about the legendary show.
While it’s still unclear how many of the original cast will be appearing, Jason’s on-screen wife Tessa Peake-Jones (Raquel) is confirmed to be appearing along with other special guests including newscaster Krishnan Guru-Murthy and Bendiorm‘s Sherrie Hewson.
Sadly, a full theatrical reunion just isn’t on the cards following the deaths of Roger Lloyd Pack (Trigger), Kenneth MacDonald (Mike the Landlord) and Buster Merryfield (Uncle Albert) in the 30 years since the show ended its run.
Only Fools writer John Sullivan also sadly passed away aged 64 in 2011 and fellow co-star Nicholas Lyndhurst, a.k.a. Rodney Trotter, told Metro: “We can’t. John is no longer with us. John was the driving force of the show and we have also lost quite a few cast members now.
“I don’t think I could do it without them and I certainly couldn’t do it without John. At the risk of depressing everyone, I think the last two times I’ve seen David has been at funerals.”
Simply entitled, ‘The Story Of Only Fools And Horses At Christmas’, the 90-minute special is yet to have its broadcast date fully confirmed but you best keep your eyes peeled on the TV guide — we’ll let you know as soon we do.
Jason, 81, has only just recovered from hip surgery earlier this year, so it’ll be nice to see his familiar grin back on our screens.
Right, we’re off to binge a whole series on UK Gold.
Scott McTominay jokes he’s ‘fuming’ he didn’t score a hat-trick against Chelsea as he reflects on Man United’s mentality
Scott McTominay has joked he’s “fuming” with himself after failing to score a hat-trick in Manchester United’s 2-1 win over Chelsea on Wednesday nightand shed some light on the mentality around Old Trafford.
McTominay starred in the Red Devils’ win over Mauricio Pochettino’s side on a cold night at home, managing to bag a brace with a goal in the first and second half to get his squad over the line, but he himself said he could have had more.
Speaking to MUTV after the game, the 26-year-old said he and the squad knew they needed to drum up a reaction after the Newcastle disappointment, adding that contributing more goals is something he wants to keep working on and insisting that plenty of people back him to do so.
Confessing that his mum, dad and grandad have all been encouraging him to “get in the box” and that he just needs to “believe in [him]self and go for it”, the Scotsman did go on to quip he was “fuming” to not grab a third as he shook his head went on to shake and reveal a wry smile.
Commentator and presenter Stewart Gardner went on to list McTominay’s impressive stats this season, having now scored 14 goals in his last 33 appearances for club and country. A seriously good rate from a midfielder typically entrusted to help link play and break things up in the middle of the park.
Now boasting half a dozen goals and an assist across all competitions so far this campaign, he sits as the club’s leading goalscorer in the Premier League with five finishes to his name — with only Bruno Fernandes having contributed more (five goals and five assists) — he’s genuinely become one of Man United’s main goal threats.
While he recently rubbished talk that he played as a striker regularly coming up through the youth academy, simply having been deployed for the odd game in reality, he has always had a shot on him and it isn’t the first time he’s bagged a winner or a big goal for the Reds. This wasn’t a bad one either:
Chatting with the pundits on Amazon Prime Sport, he reiterated that he could have had “one or two more” on another night and agreed that the performance against Newcastle in the previous fixture was “pretty abysmal”, holding his hands up to admit that it was “no way near good enough”.
Reflecting on the later chance he had to seal the hat-trick towards the end of the game, he said he simply needed to “calm down on the last one”.
As for the mentality to get the result during a difficult period where the club remained under a lot of scrutiny from pundits and fans alike, McTominay went on to say that the manager is responsible for the way they played and some “lighter training sessions to keep energy levels up” definitely helped.
Regardless, he was sure to not get ahead of himself and assured ten Hag‘s team were still taking things a game at a time. You can watch the full highlights from Manchester United vs Chelsea down below: