Boris Johnson wants ‘anyone but Rishi’ to replace him: Report
LONDON: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson allegedly told the defeated Conservative leadership candidates to support “anyone but Rishi” when he felt betrayed by the former prime minister of the war.
Johnson firmly believes that Sunak had been planning his leadership bid for months and blamed his downfall, according to a story in “The Times” in the UK.
Citing a range of anonymous sources, the story says Johnson is telling MPs removed from the leadership race that Sunak, Narayana Murthy’s son-in-law, should not be Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
Although publicly Johnson has refused to endorse any of the candidates, a source said Johnson “showed the most interest” in the secretary of state. Liz Truss and also open to low-level commerce minister Penny Mordaunt for top jobs.
The Times quoted sources as saying: “The 10th team hates it Rishi. That is personal. It’s vitriolic. They don’t blame Saj [Sajid Javid] for knocking him down. They blame Rishi. They think he’s been planning this for months.”
One source told the Times Johnson was worried Sunak would be “soft” on Putin, and another said Johnson had been unhappy with Sunak’s lack of an attractive growth strategy as prime minister for months. However, an ally of Sunak denied these allegations, saying: “Rishi has taken the lead in enforcing the toughest sanctions against Russia.”
Sunak was fiercely criticized in March for his multi-millionaire wife Akshata Murthy’s association with Infosys. His family at the time was accused of profiting from the regime of Russian President Vladimir Putin since Infosys was in Moscow.
In an online interview on Friday, Sunak said he would only make tax cuts “responsibly” after the UK goes into inflation – which is what Thatcher has done in recent years. year 80.
When asked what his biggest weakness is, he said: “I have a reputation for working hard and capturing details. I think you have to make sure in these jobs, especially with the older ones, that you don’t let perfection be the enemy of good. It’s a balance between understanding every aspect of something and then realizing that I’ve done a lot of the work and that my time is better spent elsewhere.”
He outlines his vision of the UK as a world leader in education, innovation and technology and at the heart of the changes being seen in the global economy, and This allows businesses to see the benefits of Brexit.
He said he was the right man to be Prime Minister as he could win red and blue walled seats as well as liberal leadership seats like Amersham in the next general election.
The best way to help people cope with the cost of living crisis, he said, “is to make sure they’re doing well-paying jobs. We need to move people who don’t have benefits to work and make sure they get the skills they need for better-paying jobs.” he told the audience.
Sunak’s main leadership rival, Penny Mordaunt, jokes her biggest weakness is her four Burmese cats and that introducing them to number 10 could present some challenges to Larry the Downing Street cat. .