Images of young Rishi Sunak go viral [Video]
Footage has emerged of a young Rishi Sunak saying his friends “don’t belong to the working class”.
The clip went viral on social media following Sunak’s announcement that he will run for Prime Minister via the Conservative Party leadership race.
In a clip, believed to be from a BBC documentary Middle classes: their rise and spread from 2001 – when he would have been a 21-year-old student at Oxford University – Sunak corrects himself when he says he has working-class friends.
“I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper class, I have friends who are working class…well, not working class.”
He continues: “But I mix and match and I go to some inner city public school kids and tell them to apply to Oxford and tell them about people like me.
“And then I shock them at the end of challenging them for half an hour and tell them I was at Winchester, and my best friend is from Eton or whatever, and then they’re like, ‘Oh’.”
Sunak’s benchmark in Winchester is Winchester College, the state school he attended before Oxford.
Clips showing only Sunak’s first sentence ending “well, not working class” have been viewed millions of times on Twitter since Saturday.
He was grabbed by Labor leader David Lammy, who wrote: “Rishi Sunak, on camera, saying his friends are aristocrats and upper class, ‘not working class’. He would be a prime minister for the few, not the many.
While the clip is unlikely to hurt Sunak’s prospects in the Tory leadership race, it will certainly add to wider questions about how it may relate to normal people struggling with the cost crisis. of life.
Sunak is extremely wealthy: he earned millions through a career in finance before becoming an MP in 2015. His wife Akshata Murty owns shares in Infosys, the IT company founded by his billionaire father. Together they have a fortune of £730m, according to The Sunday Times Rich list.
As Chancellor earlier this year, Sunak’s popularity plummeted amid criticism of his package of measures to tackle the cost of living crisis, which many, including Tory MPs, said was going nowhere. not far enough.
It then emerged that his wife Murty held non-domiciled status, allowing her to reduce her UK tax bill. It was legal, but following the ensuing scandal, Murty pledged to pay UK tax on her worldwide earnings.
Sunak had initially become popular through his furlough scheme at the start of the COVID pandemic, which is credited with saving millions of jobs.
According to the Oddschecker website, Sunak is currently the favorite to win the leadership race after he announced he would run on Friday, three days after he dramatically resigned as chancellor and fatally weakened Boris Johnson’s position as Prime Minister.
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In a skillfully produced campaign video, Sunak begins by reflecting on his upbringing: “Let me tell you a story. About a young woman, almost a lifetime ago, who boarded a plane armed with hope for a better life and the love of her family. This young woman came to Britain, where she managed to find a job, but it took her almost a year to save enough money for her husband and children to follow her.
“One of those children was my mum, aged 15. My mum studied hard and qualified to become a pharmacist. She met my dad, an NHS GP, and they settled in Southampton.
“Their story didn’t end there, but that’s where my story began.”