Liz Truss today delivered one of the most ‘bizarre’ resignation speeches in British political history as the ‘drained’ and Pragmatic Play Slot ‘pallid’ Prime Minister feigned a ‘sickly smile’ to mask her true emotions after weeks of public fury, a body language expert has told MailOnline.
Ms Truss is set to become the shortest serving Prime Minister in history after a chaotic 44 days in office – during which she lost the confidence of Tory MPs and the public, battled and lost an open revolt from Conservatives demanding her departure and oversaw economic turbulence.
Speaking from a lectern in Downing Street, she said she had told the King she was resigning as the leader of the Conservative Party as she recognised she ‘cannot deliver the mandate’ Tory members gave her little over six weeks ago.
But a body language expert today said ‘dejected’ Ms Truss was behaving like a ‘wounded animal’ and that her resignation speech was ’emotionless’ and ‘delivered with a bizarre bravado’ designed to mask her true feelings.
Judi James said she believed the Prime Minister looked ‘drained, pallid, probably as though she hadn’t slept last night’ – while her true-blue accountant husband Hugh O’Leary looked rigid and ‘primed to run up and catch her if she collapsed’ as he stood behind her.
‘It was probably the shortest resignation speech I’ve ever seen from a Prime Minister, and delivered with a bizarre bravado in her body language,’ Ms James said.
‘She did that bouncy walk through the door to the lectern that she has done a lot in the Commons and she delivered the whole speech with a part smile, it was a sickly smile, but she obviously decided to style it out and look relatively upbeat and happy, which made it all the more bizarre really.
‘There was none of the emotion, I can’t remember how many I’ve watched now but, regardless of political opinion, it’s always been quite a choking experience to watch them.
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Body language expert Judi James said she believed Prime Minister Liz Truss looked ‘drained, pallid, probably as though she hadn’t slept last night’ – while her true-blue accountant husband Hugh O’Leary (stood to the right) looked rigid and ‘primed to run up and catch her if she collapsed’ as he stood behind her
Prime Minister Liz Truss looked ‘dejected’ and ‘as if she hadn’t slept last night’, Ms James told MailOnline
Prime Minister Liz Truss walking back inside No10 alongside her husband Hugh O’Leary
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