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From the BBC News website:

Truss: Ground should have been laid for tax cuts

Shouldn't the first letter after the colon be lowercase? According to Grammarly:

In British English, the first letter after a colon is capitalized only if it's a proper noun or an acronym

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  • The colon is being used here to indicate that Truss (the British PM) said something. The line is not structured as a sentence (the context of the Grammarly rule), but more like a line of a play script.
    – Peter
    Oct 3, 2022 at 1:20
  • @Peter Also, I would say, the line is in the form of a headline. The"rules" of headline formation are very different from those of normal sentence construction, in fact there are very few rules at all in that context.
    – BoldBen
    Oct 3, 2022 at 4:19

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This is a specific use of a colon which indicates that the following words were quotes from the person. So

Truss: Ground should have been laid for tax cuts

means

Truss said "Ground should have been laid for tax cuts".

In quoted sentences the first letter is capitalized, even if the quote is part of a larger sentence. So in this case the capitalization is correct. In other structures the first letter after a colon is not capitalized .

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