“If he wants to win, Rishi Sunak will surely win. The question is whether he really wants to continue at the top after all the nasty stories about his family’s tax affairs and police fines for partying. But if he really wants to be Prime Minister, Tory Party members will definitely not stand in his way.”
A total idiot said that live on TV less than a month ago and he still has a column in it The Independent. What an absolute joke.
To be fair to the idiot in question (which, if you haven’t guessed it, I was), can anyone really say they foresaw how terrible Rishi Sunak was going to be?
Is this really the same person who threw himself into the big political epoch two and a half years ago and started handing out hundreds of billions of pounds worth of free money? Who raised £500m in public money for half-price Wagamamas for everyone (and even served up a few of the dishes themselves)? Whose personal brand has hardly been marred by £500 cashmere hoodies, £150 flip flops, a £180 coffee mug and a billion-dollar private family fortune, which at the time had no question marks about the appropriate tax amounts paid on it?
Is that really the guy? Supple, sympathetic, sincere rishi, who may not quite be able to understand Your pain about not having a job or money, for example, might at least make a passable impression feeling it?
Rishi Sunak’s unimaginable crap in this leadership contest certainly surprised even him. The really breakneck jokes that were even followed by pauses in laughter that weren’t about to happen. On stage in Darlington on Tuesday night he told a very, very long story about how nice it is to meet kids campaigning because, wait a minute, they’re the same size as me. He has been anxiously waiting for the Welsh crowd to be wowed by a single word in Welsh. It wasn’t you.
He told the Darlington crowd that if he won, it wouldn’t be long before they were “eating Parmos at the cabinet table”. The Parmo is from Middlesbrough and to my knowledge, meals are rarely, if ever, eaten at the cupboard table, and certainly not ones that are rarely eaten before 11pm and would also require a delivery driver to make a 500-mile round trip. They stared back in complete silence.
Maybe, just maybe, the signs were there. After all, he once filled up someone else’s car because of a photo and then couldn’t figure out how to use the contactless payment machine. He also spoke about it, calling it the “most embarrassing moment” of his life, but don’t worry, he’s since been shown how to use a contactless payment machine (which launched in 2007 when he was in his mid-twenties). It’s hard to believe that incident itself was more embarrassing than his attempt to joke about it.
And there was also a time when he felt kind of uncomfortable telling two school kids how much he likes Mexican Coke, which appears to be made from pure sugar instead of fructose, which in itself is one of those weird and totally untrue playground rumours 1990s which died out very soon after the widespread adoption of the internet. See also prince’s rib.
There are other causes too. Can anyone really blame Sunak’s campaign for getting worse and worse as the days go by? He is a man still trudging up Everest who has already been told he will die before he gets there. Keep going and fighting a now unwinnable battle. Should he have expected his party to hate him for doing what the rest of the country probably deems honorable and finally putting Boris Johnson out of our misery?
Should he have found out, after honestly not doing enough to convince people that he’s not, you know, maybe just a bit of a tax dodger, that that would definitely end his election chances?
Sunak’s latest huff is his ’10 point plan for Britain’. It contains such ingenious ideas as “rebuilding our economy” and “win the next parliamentary elections”. Is Rishi Sunak aware that this is not a so-called “plan”? This is a Christmas list written by a man who doesn’t seem to understand that it’s his job to deliver the presents, not ask for them.
There are still long weeks ahead of us. It’s almost impossible to see how things can get any worse, but they certainly will.
Sunak is still only 42 years old, but historically the prospects for British politicians who come close to leadership of their party but fail to quite make it are not good. Running for the leader is something you can really only do once.
There are exceptions, but Ed Davey is currently the only person to have made an Ed Davey, and although he lost to Jo Swinson in 2019 and won not long after, he was lucky not to have made a fool of himself in the public process .
It is worth remembering that not so long ago Rishi Sunak was the future, a fact he has many decades to ponder after what may have been the most pyrotechnic political self-immolation of all time.
https://www.independent.ie/opinion/comment/rishi-sunaks-unimaginable-crapness-in-this-contest-has-surely-taken-even-him-by-surprise-41904783.html Rishi Sunak’s unimaginable crap in this competition certainly surprised even him