Truss will receive the ‘Guy Fawkes treatment’ on November 5

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The effigy of former British Prime Minister Liz Truss, created by artist Andrea Deans, is pictured at the unveiling in Edenbridge on Wednesday.—AFP

EDENBRIDGE: A giant effigy of former British Prime Minister Liz Truss, who resigned after a disastrous 49 days in office, will be set on fire during Britain’s Bonfire Night, organizers revealed on Wednesday.

The 33ft (10m) tall caricature will be set on fire in the town of Edenbridge, Kent, southeast England on Saturday, with more than 10,000 people expected.

Truss became Britain’s shortest prime minister when she left Downing Street on October 25 after her first budget announcement sent markets soaring.

Artist Andrea Deans depicts her alongside Larry the Cat, the Downing Street feline who has now seen four Prime Ministers, with a lettuce, which survived the leader in a tabloid stunt, perched on his shoulder.

The cartoon holds a box of possessions associated with Truss’ short but turbulent period in power.

Britain’s Guy Fawkes or Bonfire Night marks the foiling of a plot by Catholic conspirators to blow up Protestant King James I and the Houses of Parliament with 36 barrels of gunpowder on November 5, 1605.

It is celebrated with bonfires and fireworks on November 5 or the nearest weekend, with effigies or “guys” of plotter Fawkes burned.

Edenbridge has been poking fun at famous people for over 20 years, burning their effigies alongside the traditional Guy Fawkes.

An effigy of Truss’ predecessor Boris Johnson caught fire in 2018, while in 2016 it was a caricature of US President Donald Trump.

Previous targets have included cyclist Lance Armstrong, footballer Wayne Rooney, Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and British prime ministers Tony Blair and Gordon Brown.

Posted in Dawn, November 3, 2022

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