‘The Maharaja of the Yorkshire Dales’ with a heritage superior to that of the Royal Family
Rule an “uncontrollable” party, in crisis in the polls and pull Britain out of the shallows of a financial crisis with prospects of recession that has already sunk the Truss government. It is the arduous task to which he is called Rishi SunakDowning Street’s new tenant billionaire who won the leadership of the Tories ‘by exclusion’ after the departure of his two challengers. The current leader of the House of Commons Penny Mordaunt, in fact, did not reach the required quorum of 100 deputies to pass to the second phase of the selections and the same fate was met by the former premier Boris Johnson, who after having caressed the dream of a return to the head of the government in record time, last night he withdrew by surprise, according to the British media, after becoming aware of the impossibility of reaching 100.
For Sunak, who over the weekend got the support of the new Chancellor of the Exchequer, Jeremy Hunt, and the Minister of the Interior, Grant Shapps, it’s a rematch after last month’s scorching runoff defeat with Trussthe ‘new Thatcher’ effectively ousted by her own party after the markets resoundingly rejected her move, triggering the pound sterling and a rise in mortgages.
For the first time in history, and ironically at a time when many Brits are grappling with the rising cost of living, the head of government it has a wealth superior to that of the Royal Family. According to the Guardian, the new premier and his wife, Akshata Murty, daughter of billionaire co-founder of Infosys Narayana Murthy, can count on an estimated fortune of around 730 million pounds, more than double the king’s 300-350 million pounds. Charles III and the queen consort Camilla.
Father of two little girls, Krishna and Anoushka, ‘the Maharaja of the Yorkshire Dales‘- as he is nicknamed – spends most of the week in his luxurious £ 7 million Kensington home and then moves for the weekend to his Georgian mansion in Kirby Sigston with swimming pool, gym, yoga room and tennis court. . The British press estimated that, at market prices, Sunak would pay over £ 14,000 a year for electricity just to heat his 12×5 pool, nearly six times the average for a British family.
Son of two East African parents of Punjabi origin who moved to Great Britain in the 1960s, Sunak – thanks to a wealthy family – attended one of the most expensive private schools in the country, Winchester. Trained in Oxford before earning millions with hedge funds and becoming an MP in 2015, he was an advocate of Brexit right from the start.
Already a year ago, the ascent to Downing Street for the new prime minister seemed to be in full swing. As darkening clouds gather over Johnson’s political future, many predicted his swift arrival at number 10. “Prime minister in waiting”, the Financial Times had even called it. Sunak’s popularity stemmed from being the initiator of a massive £ 350 billion state aid program for companies and individuals affected by the lockdown.
His reputation, however, soon faded, not helped by his wife’s ‘tax gate’, from the cost of living crisis to the accusation of stabbing Johnson in the back. Truss, on the other hand, had started from the bottom of the group, but she had been able to exploit the war in Ukraine thanks to a harsh anti-Putin rhetoric.
As is often the case in British politics, the class had played an important role in the run-off with Truss and this became apparent when a video was released of a young Sunak joking in a television documentary that he had no working-class friends. The same one that he will now have to ‘save’ from inflation.