Before his illustrious fall with Boris Johnson, Sage Sunak was rising rapidly what could still end with Britain being installed as the first prime minister of colour.
It will be a historic milestone if Hindu descendants of immigrants from India and East Africa take charge of the world’s fifth-largest economy.
But after a series of votes by Conservative lawmakers making the final run-off, Sunak will first have to persuade party members as the ballots go out on Monday – and she is well behind Liz Truss.
Opinion polls show he has so far overtaken him with policies geared toward the Tory right, which also distrusts Sunak’s role in the cabinet rebellion that ousted Johnson after months of scandal.
Enriched by his pre-political career in finance, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer was also mocked as being out of touch at a time when Britons were struggling with rising inflation.
During the campaign this month, he wore expensive Prada loafers on a trip to a building site, and was accused of “mansplanning” the truss during a poorly-tempered debate on TV to save Truss’s tax-cutting plans .
Instead, Sunak argues, Britain needs a Thatcherite dose of “sound money” to control inflation and get growth back on track.
Video footage also surfaced of a 21-year-old freak describing a mix of friends following his education at Winchester College, one of Britain’s most exclusive private schools, and the University of Oxford.
“I have elite friends, I have upper class friends, I have friends with, you know, working class,” he said, “Well, not working class.”
A detail-oriented policy won out, Sunak, 42, was an early supporter of Brexit, and took over as chancellor in February 2020.
It was a baptism of fire for the Tory Rising star as the Covid pandemic broke out.
He was forced at breakneck speed to design a huge economic aid package, which he now says needs to be paid off.
In India, Sunak is better known through his wife Akshata Murthy. She is the daughter of Narayana Murthy, co-founder of Infosys.
The Sunks met while studying in California and have two young daughters – one with a photogenic dog.
The former minister’s Instagram-friendly profile earned him the media nickname of “Dishy Rishi”.
Until last year, Sunak had a US green card – which critics said suggested a lack of long-term loyalty to Britain.
And recently he faced tough questions over Murthy’s failure to pay UK taxes on his Infosys return, which opinion polls suggest was viewed with deep outrage by voters.
The craze has already been marked by scandals over Johnson’s tumultuous premiere.
In November 2020, he marked Diwali by lighting oil lamps on the staircase in front of the Chancellor’s official residence at 11 Downing Street – while urging others to stick to England’s COVID lockdown.
Johnson was less observant to the rules, levying police fines for a lockdown violation as part of an investigation into the “Partygate” case.
But after attending Johnson’s birthday gathering when he arrived early for a Downing Street meeting, Sunak also had to pay a police fine.
With controversy over his family fortune, the partygate scandal tarnished the reputation of the teetotal craze, which professes only to have a fondness for Coca-Cola and sweet confectionery.
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Sunak represents the constituency of Richmond in Yorkshire, northern England – a secured Conservative seat he took in 2015 from former party leader and Foreign Secretary William Hague, who described him as “extraordinary”.
Sunak took the oath of allegiance to the Bhagavad Gita as an MP. Theresa May gave him her first job in government in January 2018, making her a junior minister for local government, parks and troubled families.
Sunak’s grandparents were from Punjab and immigrated to Britain from East Africa in the 1960s.
They arrived with “very little”, Sunak told lawmakers in his first speech in 2015.
His father was a family physician in Southampton on the southern English coast, and his mother ran a local pharmacy.
Sunak waited tables at a local Indian restaurant before proceeding to Oxford and then to Stanford University in California.
Sunak insists that the experiences of both his own family and that of his wife are a “very conservative” tale of hard work and aspiration. If party members agree, they will soon know.
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