Are you #Ready4Rishi? Sunak’s resignation signalled the end of Boris Johnson’s premiership, now the former chancellor has kicked off the race to replace him.
Sunak launched his bid to be the new Conservative leader and prime minister with a suspiciously snazzy campaign video charting his rise to political prominence and his very own hashtag. And we all know that hashtags are watertight against being co-opted and used out of context. Right, Rishi?
Earlier in the week, Sunak revealed a rift with Johnson in his resignation letter, saying “I have always tried to compromise in order to deliver the things you want to achieve. On those occasions where I have disagreed with you privately, I have supported you publicly.”
Sunak’s almost three-minute campaign video made a concerted effort to differentiate himself from Johnson’s way of running things, starting with a whistle-stop tour through his childhood and ending with a call of unity far from the division shown by the Conservative Party this week.
“I’ve told you a bit about my story,” he says in the video. “But I’m running to be our next prime minister because it’s your stories that matter most.”
Social media users weren’t shy in sharing their stories — and opinions — on #Ready4Rishi.