An embarrassingly resurfaced clip shows Tory leadership hopeful Rishi Sunak saying he ‘has no working class friends’. Watch the video below:
The former chancellor, who this week announced he would run for prime minister, was speaking in the 2007 BBC documentary series. Middle classes: their rise and spread.
A baby-faced Sunak explained, “I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper class, I have friends who are working class…well, not working class.”
Twitter was quick to pick up the clip and many social media users responded to the images.
One person wrote: ‘Crazy that Rishi Sunak can say this out loud and some working class people are voting for someone who looks down on them.’
A second joked, “How are your working-class friends, Rishi? Oh yeah, you said you didn’t.
Another social media user added, “Besides giving them orders when they come to clean his house, I doubt Rishi Sunak will have any interaction with working class people or anyone on low wages.”
A fourth noted: “As a working class person myself, I have to say that Rishi Sunak’s lack of working class friends is concerning. How can he represent people like me?
“I don’t know how many ‘working class’ people there are in the country, but rest assured @RishiSunak doesn’t know any of you, doesn’t want to know any of you, and couldn’t give two s ** *s about one of you. Just in case you were wondering,” wrote a fifth.
LADbible has reached out to Sunak for comment.
The throwback clip resurfaced shortly after Sunak announced his leadership bid on Twitter Friday, July 8, writing, “I am running to be the next leader of the Conservative Party and your Prime Minister. Let’s restore confidence, rebuild the economy and bring the country together. #Ready4Rishi.
Sunak resigned as Chancellor of the Exchequer on July 5 as outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s leadership crumbled.
Announcing his resignation on Twitter, Sunak posted his letter to Johnson along with a tweet that read, “The public rightly expects government to be run properly, competently and earnestly.
“I recognize that this may be my last ministerial post, but I believe these standards are worth upholding and that is why I am stepping down.”
Sunak aside, Nadhim Zahawi, Liz Truss and Grant Shapps also threw their hats in the ring this week.