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A decision by Liz Truss quickly overturned by Rishi Sunak as PM

British prime ministers of past decades have each had their own personalized desk. (Case)


One of Britain’s new Prime Minister Rishi Sunak’s first decisions saw him do without Liz Truss’s desk, which was designed to look like a twisting pile of wooden blocks.

The lectern’s unusual appearance caused surprise last month when Truss used it to make his first speech outside the Prime Minister’s residence at Number 10 Downing Street.

British prime ministers of past decades have each had their own personalized desk.

But the speed of Sunak’s selection as party leader and prime minister after Liz Truss’ short and calamitous tenure has forced Downing Street to seek a position left behind by a previous administration.

The lecterns, which have a metal core to prevent them from blowing away, typically take at least three weeks to manufacture at a cost of up to 4,000 pounds ($4,500), according to the Daily Telegraph.

Sources told the newspaper that former Prime Minister David Cameron’s desk was designed to look ‘statesman’, while Theresa May was aiming for a ‘feminine’ look.

Boris Johnson had a two-tier base and was the first to be dark brown.

Tony Blair opted for a “basic floating shelf design” which Gordon Brown inherited.

Although Truss’ unsuccessful stint as prime minister lasted only seven weeks, the daily noted that his desk was nevertheless “well used”.

Darth Vader Theme

Meanwhile, as Sunak addressed the country, protesters outside Downing Street delivered an amplified musical message.

One of the tracks they picked for “Star Wars” fan Sunak’s arrival was Darth Vader’s theme, “The Imperial March.”

Neil Horan, a serial protester, also claimed Brexit figurehead Nigel Farage was “sent by Christ” to save Britain from Europe.

Police questioned Horan as he held up a sign saying: “Britain is a Christian country. It should have a Christian prime minister – not a Hindu.”

The crowd, despite their vocal anti-conservative views, responded to Horan with boos and curses.

But Larry the Downing Street cat – 11 years into his reign as mouse leader – remained calm and carried on, taking a relaxed morning walk before his fifth Prime Minister arrived.

Leaders may come and go, but Larry, who even has his own satirical Twitter account, is now a catlike fixture in British political life.

“His family is loaded so caviar and lobster on the menu for me starting tomorrow,” Larry tweeted, awaiting the arrival of the fabulously wealthy Sunak.

However, all may not be simple.

Larry will have to share Number 10 – and his half-acre garden – with the family’s 18-month-old pet Sunak, Labrador, Nova.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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