Rishi Sunak drew parallels between the investigation into his wife’s business connections in Russia and Will Smith’s anger over an Oscar stunt about his wife – but joked that he didn’t ‘hit’ anyone.
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Rishi Sunak has compared himself to Will Smith for ‘annoying’ criticism of his wife – but joked he ‘didn’t hit anyone’.
The Chancellor complained that his wife Akshata Murthy was not “fair game” after reviewing her stake in a company operating in Russia.
He admitted he hasn’t had “the best weekends” after last week’s spring declaration, which was widely criticized for not doing enough to help Britons hit by the cost of living crisis.
Mr Sunak compared himself to the Hollywood actor who slapped comedian Chris Rock at the Oscars for making a joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.
Will Smith seemed to lose his temper when the comedian made a joke about his wife’s shaved head. She has previously spoken out about the decision to cut her hair as she suffers from alopecia.
Speaking to the BBC’s Newscast podcast, Mr Sunak said: “Someone said, ‘Joe Root, Will Smith and I – not the best weekend for all of us.’
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“But when I think about it, I feel like both Will Smith and I attacked our wives — at least I didn’t stand up and I didn’t hit anyone, which is good.”
Mr. Sunak faced questions about his wife’s business affairs following the spring statement last week.
Ms. Murthy owns a 0.91% stake in Infosys, an IT company founded by her father, NR Narayana Murthy, which continues to operate from his Moscow office.
Her stake is currently worth £430million, while the family collectively owns £2.7billion in Infosys – up from £1.7billion last reported in 2020.
Mr Sunak told the BBC: “You know, I think it’s perfectly fine if people shoot at me. It’s fair game.
“I’m the one sitting here and that’s what I signed up for.
“Actually it’s very annoying and wrong in my opinion when people try to attack my wife and, you know, moreover in relation to my father-in-law, for whom I have nothing but enormous pride and admiration for all that he has achieved.
“No amount of attempted slander is going to make me change that because he’s wonderful and has achieved a lot, like I said, I’m enormously proud of him.”
The Chancellor has previously said he has “acted scrupulously to the Ministerial Code” in relation to his financial interests.
A Treasury spokesman told the Mirror: “The Prime Minister’s independent adviser on ministerial interests has confirmed that he is fully satisfied with the correctness of the Chancellor’s arrangements and that he has followed the ministerial code to the letter in his declaration of interests.”
The Ministerial Code states: “Ministers must submit in writing to their Permanent Secretary a list of all relevant interests known to them which may be deemed to give rise to a conflict.
“Individual statements and a note of any action taken in relation to individual interests are then forwarded to the Cabinet Office’s Decency and Ethics Team and the Independent Ministers’ Interests Adviser.”
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