Rishi Sunakthe former British finance minister experienced a meteoric rise and was considered the favorite to succeed Boris Johnsonwith which he would become the first head of government of a minority in the United Kingdom. But in the final stretch his candidacy raises doubts.
Sunak achieved the majority support of the deputies in the duel with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Liz Truss, who, however, surpasses him in the polls ahead of the vote of the bases of the Conservative Party in the United Kingdom.
The nearly 200,000 militants must decide before the beginning of September who will be the next prime minister.
On the contrary, Sunak suffers from the perception that he betrayed Johnson by resigning from his government in early July.
In addition, he is seen by many as too centrist, too soft, or too fond of budgetary prudence, versus a rival promising massive tax cuts.
The task ahead of him is a daunting one, despite the popularity he gained as a minister when he handed out billions of pounds in public aid during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Despite the fact that he has an eloquence that in theory gives him hope of overcoming the hill, this convinced supporter of Brexit, who unlike his rival always supported leaving the European bloc, has not managed to close the opinion gap.
Moreover, during the first televised duel, his attitude of cutting off his opponent’s word gave him an air of superiority, as if he were lecturing her.
His recipe for fiscal prudence also faces the shock of a tax cut proposed by his rival, something he describes as a “fairy tale.”
However, under pressure in an inflationary context, he was forced to soften his stance and propose a tax break for energy.
In addition, he entered the immigration debate to please the right, but his lifestyle and career in finance raise questions. His marriage to Akshata Murty, the daughter of an Indian billionaire, also arouses skepticism.
Truss’s allies mock her fancy clothes and recently released a video from her youth where she claims she doesn’t have any working-class friends.
towards the elite
In the face of criticism, this fan of the Star Wars saga shows his family history as an example of the overcoming that conservatives like to hear so much.
Born on May 12, 1980 in Southampton, on the south coast of England, he is the eldest of three children of a general practitioner and a pharmacist.
Originally from India, her grandparents immigrated to British East Africa in the 1960s.
But he quickly became associated with the elite when he studied at Winchester College, a posh private boarding school for boys, and studied politics, philosophy and economics at the prestigious British Oxford and American Stanford universities.
Before entering politics, he worked in the finance sector, in particular at Goldman Sachs, and founded his own investment fund.
When he was elected deputy in 2015, he took the oath on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred book of Hinduism, written in Sanskrit. Just five years later he was granted the coveted position of finance minister, shortly before the start of the pandemic.
With a charisma reminiscent of Labor’s Tony Blair, he managed to build a personal banner on social networks, where he cultivated a teetotaler profile, alternating elegant suits and branded ties with a relaxed style for going to work, sometimes with a hood or in sports attire when he visited a construction site, always standing out for his affinity for details.