MeThings don’t go well at first… During his first few months as prime minister, Rishi Sunak’s caretakers tried to keep him as far away from the public as possible. Submarine commander. Leading to victory from beneath the waves. or not. Because it turns out he can hate what he can’t see. His Rish!’s attempts to stabilize the economy and resolve the strike were met with skepticism at first and then distrust. The man touted as a capable tech buddy was a management consultant all season, but he was one of the Tory duds. He’s no less than Liz Truss and Boris Johnson.
So, after just a few months, it was time for a reboot. Snack 2.0. Rich! removing the case. To be unleashed among his people. On a tour optimistically called PMConnect. Not to mention the rest of the country, similar to PMDisconnect, except that the Prime Minister can barely connect with himself. There is a great distance between him and the country. And how could it not? The whole point of being part of the mega-rich is that you don’t have to get involved with little people. To protect yourself from the daily stresses of everyday life. Rich! We can’t suddenly decide that he wants to spend time with us so that we can share his cushioned lifestyle.
The awkwardness in his relationships is painful to watch. His desperation to appear normal manifests itself in inappropriate enthusiasm and enthusiasm. A knot of needs that cannot be fully met. He barks “sir” or “ma’am” at people like American chat show hosts. Always dirty jokes. Intimacy manufactured under the guise of sincerity. But we want more than this. Sunak’s handlers decided he needed to get out more — to be seen — and now in the final roll of the dice in the 18-month general election campaign, a soapbox perm coming to a nearby town. I sent him on tour. you.
But baby steps. Team his snacks aren’t completely stupid. They know men have problems with people. Lack of basic emotional intelligence. So they chose to make his life easier, and for now just send him out in front of an audience in his home. A place where he is guaranteed good reception and an easy ride. From those paid to love him. literally.
For our first sighting of PMDisconnect, we flew to Rish! Lancashire to visit the former train station in Morecambe, which has been converted into an arts centre. On the day the government announced, Morecambe won a £50m government grant in the second round of funding level up. No wonder the dozens of people who were allowed into the hall were so excited to see the Prime Minister. He can come every week if you promise £50m local investment each time.
Rich! I took off my coat and stepped forward. Peeled and torn. lazy man. How can he help? Has anyone asked him? Well… it’s not. It could have been a sleepy annual meeting for shareholders, but at least if they got some weird tricky customers. Here, all anyone wanted to do was lovebomb the Prime Minister. Can you tell me how great he was? And why was he right to give Morecambe £50m? If the good guys were winning, why wasn’t the process transparent and fair?
“I believe in action and accountability,” said Sunak. I could feel him wanting to fall behind the audience’s eyes. He pointed to his five pledges printed on the background. curb inflation? He’s already done it. All economists agreed that inflation would go down without him doing anything. Hospital waiting lists. So did he. However, it is down slightly from over 7 million. Win with Rish! He might have been better off promising to keep Christmas on his December 25th.
Things got even more awkward when Sunak was questioned by the media. The only question he received from the print media was from the Tory-friendly Sun and Mail, so he must have wanted another easy ride. It was enough for… too rickety. too fake.
ITV pushed things forward. Wasn’t leveling up a bit fake? Tons of money going south to support the Tory vote? Council vs. Council Hunger Games-style bidding wars? £27m of public money wasted in bidding wars? No joint government? Is the money just a partial repayment for the last 13 years of budget cuts? Furious. He made sure his wealthy constituencies were successful. He was a practical prime minister.
Snack went on to declare that anyone who thinks a tax cut is imminent is an idiot. I couldn’t understand what all the fuss about riding was. His carbon footprint was offset by the net-zero bid he gave Blackpool. So he left for Hartlepool. To have more non-conversation with people he didn’t really care about.
Back in London, Junior Upgrading Minister Lucy Fraser had a much more unpleasant time at the Commons as Michael Gove’s declaration that he had harmed himself forced him to answer pressing questions about cash distribution. He literally had one job… yet he must have sent Fraser a reassuring message.
Nor did she try to hide the fact that the funding mechanism is hopelessly flawed and open to political games. seems to be planning the move of Rather, she just passed her motion because Labor dismantled her and many of her own MPs from her constituencies who failed in her bidding process expressed her reservations about the system. .
But there’s always Tory Harriet Baldwin. She couldn’t be happier that her constituency was so lucky. She said people should stop groaning because they lost. Instead, they should take some responsibility, roll up their sleeves, and be prepared to bid better next time.