British voters are wondering how long Liz Truss can stay in power after her desperate attempt to avert a coup with her budget turnaround.
And around the world, the media is also focusing on the beleaguered prime minister who came to power only 42 days ago.
Newspapers around the world say the British leader is on her last legs, claiming her new Chancellor Jeremy Hunt could be the final nail in her coffin.
One dramatic day, Mr Hunt reversed almost all of her flagship policies and Ms Truss dodged a debate in the House of Commons and instead sent her suggested successor Penny Mordaunt.
In Europe, the media has responded with similar outrage to the British press, with the Swiss newspaper Blick reporting: ‘Hunt is Truss’ savior – or her coffin nail.’
Sweden’s Expressen stated that “time is running out for Truss”, while Germany’s Bild asked: “Will British Prime Minister Truss fall this week?”
Swiss newspaper Blick reported: ‘Hunt is Truss’ savior – or her coffin nail’ after a dramatic day
Swedish Expressen declared ‘time is running out for Truss’
Germany’s Bild asked: ‘Will British Prime Minister Truss fall this week?’
Spain’s El Mundo said PM still ‘remains in power’
The Italian newspaper Repubblica reported on Truss’ apology for her mistakes in her short stint
In France, Le Figaro accused Truss of ‘backtracking’ and said she could break record for shortest prime minister ever
France’s Le Figaro said Ms Truss could break the shortest-term record as Prime Minister in UK history after she “backtracked” on her major spending reform plans.
Spain’s El Mundo said the prime minister is still “clinging to power”, while Italy’s La Repubblica has led the way in its claims that she has “fixed” her mistakes.
China also took a merry swipe at Britain, with the English language being state-owned china daily newspaper stating: ‘Truss leadership in jeopardy as storm clouds grow in UK.’
The Hong Kong-based South China Morning Mail said Ms Truss is “suffering the terrible humiliation” of having to give up her economic program completely and fire Kwasi Kwarteng.
They wrote: ‘The astonishing turnaround — intended to bring stability to financial markets after weeks of turmoil — leaves Truss in office, but toothless and unable to continue with the tax-cutting platform that won her the Conservative Party leadership contest. .’
The New York Timescriticized in recent months for its mocking coverage of Britain, included an op-ed essay with the headline, “Liz Truss is ready.”
The piece said Ms Truss has “ridden a rollercoaster of ridicule” and led a “disaster” government.
After a ‘disastrous’ day for the Prime Minister, Washington Post asked, “Is Liz Truss still in charge of Britain?”
The US newspaper said “British politics remains in turmoil” after weeks of chaos caused by the mini-budget that saw the pound plunge and interest rates soar.
The New York Times published an opinion essay with the headline: ‘Liz Truss is finished’
After a ‘disastrous’ day for the prime minister, the Washington Post asked, ‘Is Liz Truss still in charge of Britain?’
State-owned China Daily said Truss was ‘at risk’
Today, it seems the crisis is deepening, with more than half of Tory members wanting Ms. Truss to quit Boris Johnson, the favorite to take the reins.
A bombshell YouGov poll revealed that four in five party activists thought the prime minister was doing poorly and 55 percent were convinced she should go, compared with just 38 percent who stayed with her.
Her predecessor, Mr Johnson, was preferred as a replacement, with 32 percent backing him, while 23 percent said Rishi Sunak and 10 percent said Ben Wallace.
The brutal findings emerged as the prime minister spent two hours in talks with the cabinet, as MPs consider whether and how to stage a coup in the wake of Mr Hunt’s extraordinary scrapping of her flagship economic plans.
After stubbornly failing to do so when she fired Mr Kwarteng on Friday, Ms Truss apologized late last night in a BBC interview for the debacle, admitting she had made ‘mistakes’ and gone ‘too much too fast’.
A nervous-looking prime minister vowed to lead the party into the next election.
She gave a similar message to the One Nation group of MPs last night. But the Tories in attendance likened it to a “corpse giving its own eulogy.”
Senior backbencher Simon Hoare warned this morning that the side may need to focus on ‘avoiding a crushing defeat’, with polls giving Labor 36 points ahead.
Defense Secretary James Heappey insisted Ms Truss apologized more quickly than Boris Johnson did, but also signaled problems ahead as he warned he would stop if she cut funding for the military.
After trying to appease her centrist MPs, Ms Truss will appear tonight before the right-wing ERG group – many of whom are angry that tax cuts have been dumped.
Much will depend on the point of view of the powerful 1922 chief Graham Brady, who met Mrs. Truss yesterday.
There are suggestions that he wants to postpone any action until the budget on Halloween – when the Chancellor is expected to draft a nightmare menu of £40bn in cuts.
With the tax burden now set to rise to its highest level since 1950 and households facing £5,000 energy bills after the government announced that its two-year ‘guarantee’ will in fact expire in April, MPs are increasingly panicking at the prospect of voters will give their verdict.