“Dishy Rishi” Where “Mr. Clean“his opponents and the opposition press like to call him centre-left daily, The Guardian. The young politician has been able to build a real “Rishi Sunak” brand, like a Tony Blair in the 90s.
He is on the cover of GQ, the magazine for urban 40-year-old men. Very present on Twitter and Instagram, where we see him working at home in a hoodie or in boots and a fluorescent vest on a construction site, the young politician will give him a smooth and dynamic image. The son of a doctor of Indian origin and from a wealthy family, Rishi Sunak seems to have worn all the clothes of the British elite.
The public rightly expects the government to be run properly, competently and seriously.
I recognize that this may be my last ministerial job, but I believe these standards are worth fighting for and that is why I am stepping down.
My letter to the Prime Minister below. pic.twitter.com/vZ1APB1ik1
— Ready for Rishi (@RishiSunak) 5 July 2022
“He represents England’s top class”
The man who says he once experienced racism in a fast food restaurant as a teenager attended Winchester College, a very smart boarding school for boys. The young student, originally from Southampton, then joined Lincoln College in Oxford. It is the grail for all those who want to enter the circle of “the upper class“, upper class.
He then became a financial analyst at Goldman Sachs in the City of London. He founded his investment company and began frequenting conservative circles. In 2015, he entered politics. At the age of 35, he became Conservative Member of Parliament for North Yorkshire that same year. “Her father is a doctor, her mother is a pharmacist. He comes from a fairly wealthy family, he attended private schools”, confirms Sarah Pickard, Doctor of British Civilization at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle. In 2018, he became a member of the May government as Minister of Trade.
He has almost the same profile as many other British Prime Ministers. In reality he looks a lot like Boris Johnson, David Cameron.Sarah Pickard, Doctor of British Civilization at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle.
As the academic reminds us, his career is similar to several former leaders of the United Kingdom. “He has almost the same profile as many other British Prime Ministers. In reality he looks a lot like Boris Johnson, David Cameron. He represents England’s top class”.
Married to a rich heir of Indian nationality
Since 2009, Rishi Sunak has been married to Akshata Murthy. Of Indian nationality and a resident of London for several decades, she is one of the biggest fortunes in the United Kingdom. The family of Akshata Murthy alone represents one of India’s most important fortunes. Most notably, she heads Infosys, a giant in Indian IT outsourcing.
The fiscal status ofnon-resident” by his wife shocks Britain. This status provides the opportunity to be exempt from tax on income generated abroad. Her husband, then finance minister, raised taxes on the modest and middle class. “Rishi Sunak is also one of those who went to parties organized by Boris Johnson during his imprisonment. He was even fined”, observes Sarah Pickard.
A centered and experienced curator
Considered “disconnected” from British realities due to his personal and political background, Rishi Sunak sometimes clashes within the Conservative Party. “He says he will not lower the tax, it might bother some members” assures Sarah Pickard. Former finance minister Rishi Sunak was in office at the height of the health crisis linked to Covid-19. During this period, “he pursued policies for workers“, explains Sarah Pickard. According to her “it appealed to several types of people: both employers and workers. It provided cover for employees while they were unable to go to work”.
The promotion will be played on the cost of living in the United Kingdom. Inflation, purchasing power… All these themes that affect British families a lot.Sarah Pickard, Doctor of British Civilization at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle.
With his residency at 11 Downing Street (the home of the Chancellor of the Exchequer), Rishi Sunak was also able to campaign for the presidency of the Tories on his record at the helm of the National Budget. “Everything he has done for two years can serve him. It shows that he was able to manage the economy and make decisions during the last two years marked by Covid.”. A real argument for those who find themselves in the post of Prime Minister while Liz Truss, the volatile Prime Minister, is tripping over these issues.
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Promoting personalities with an immigrant background
He comes from a family of Indian immigrants and is part of a whole generation of right-wing British politicians of foreign origin. This generation benefits from the inclusive measures introduced in the Conservative Party in the early 2000s.
Over the course of forty years, the United Kingdom has significantly changed its view of successful people with an immigrant background. There is real admiration for them, but it does not mean that people who are in great difficulty will be better supported in the future.Sarah Pickard, Doctor of British Civilization at the University of Sorbonne-Nouvelle.
“I think there was a real turning point in 2005 at the beginning of the David Cameron era. He wanted there to be more Conservative candidates representing the British people. So there were more nominations of women and descendants of immigrants in the constituencies at election time”, explains Sarah Pickard. She remembers that “the conservative party was very white, very male“and”it is thanks to David Cameron’s policies that much more diversity has come. It was a really fundamental change”.
A Brexit advocate
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If Rishi Sunak’s course is appreciated by the Conservative Party, the policy adopted by the parliamentary majority remains very unfavorable to immigration to the United Kingdom. “It is this same party that allows the deportation of immigrants to Rwanda. They also want to free themselves from the European Court of Human Rights. It is also former Home Secretary Priti Patel’s party, which has campaigned for tough laws on immigrants”, emphasizes Sarah Pickard. Rishi Sunak has always been an advocate of Brexit and he supported the anti-immigration positions of the pro-Brexit campaign in 2016.
“In the space of forty years, the United Kingdom has changed significantly its view of successful people with an immigrant background. There is real admiration for them, but this does not mean that people who are in great difficulty will be better supported in the future.”, concludes the academic.
The first Hindu Chancellor of the Exchequer, he was sworn in on the Bhagavad Gita, a sacred Sanskrit text, when he entered the House of Commons as MP for Yorkshire (Northern England) in 2015. He could do the same as Prime Minister.