Prime ministerial contender, Rishi Sunak was so wealthy he hardly knew how to put petrol into a car and pay for it. Here was a man who held the purse strings of the country and yet wore £450 Prada loafers on a building site in Teesside.
Here was a man who says we should judge him on what he stands for now not how much he has in his bank account. But let me be honest, he has lied to the whole country in probably the most despicable, insulting and underhand way possible. This is not an honourable rich man; this is a man who seems to judge and respect people based on wealth alone. It also must be all part of the Tory party’s philosophy as the entire cabinet of ministers will all have been aware of and endorsed this policy.
It’s a reverse of what Robin Hood did. Taking from the poor to give to the rich
Today a video has emerged of Sunak speaking with Tory grassroots members in one of the wealthiest areas of Kent, Royal Turnbridge Wells. He looks comfortable in his surroundings and confident of the messages he was delivering. In summary he says let’s take from poor areas and give more to wealthy areas. . He is quoted as saying he had started changing public funding formulas to ensure more prosperous towns receive “the funding they deserve”. Labour has said that he was “openly boasting that he fixed the rules to funnel taxpayers’ money to rich Tory shires”.
We are all aware of the levelling up messages from the government and one of the methods was the levelling up fund. Interestingly the fund seemed to allocate monies to wealthier areas with a local Tory MP than poorer areas with a labour MP. It now appears that what we expected was true; the funding was never designed to level up. Rather, it was done to help the Tory party win and retain seats.
What can be done?
I can only hope that the fresh revelation will prove so embarrassing for the Tory party and Sunak that he is forced to resign from the leadership race to be our next Prime Minister. But let’s remember it’s to be Prime Minister not only of the UK but to be the leader of what in my opinion is a corrupt and elitist political party. It seems he is only there to represent the rich and big business.
And the alternative? The other contender, Liz Truss, wanted to pay everyone outside of the M25 less. Whilst she has publicly withdrawn her policy, questions remain about trust.
For us here in the largely forgotten North East it may well be futile to apply for any levelling up funds. We are in effect irrelevant and not important enough to the party who makes the decisions.
I hope there will be a formal enquiry into the revelations, and I urge that Sunak and his cabinet colleagues are taken to task and challenged on these past decisions.
We live in a very divided society but to hear that it was formal government policy to promote these divisions sickens me.
My view is that the only solution is to get rid of this entitled, elitist and corrupt government. They all deserve a P45 come the next election which cannot come soon enough.