• Saturday, September 30, 2023


Sunak says he is ‘ideal leader’ for guiding UK amid changes

By: Kimberly Rodrigues

Prime minister Rishi Sunak maintains that he is the right candidate for the UK’s highest leadership position, particularly during a period characterised by swift technological advancements and formidable economic obstacles.

During an interview with ‘The Times’ on Wednesday (16), the 43-year-old British Indian leader highlighted the most recent official statistics, indicating a decline in inflation from 7.9 per cent to 6.8 per cent, as an indication that the economy was progressing positively under his leadership at 10 Downing Street.

As he edges closer towards his first year in office after he was suddenly elevated to the post of prime minister in October last year when predecessor Liz Truss was forced out amid financial turmoil, Sunak pointed to how he had not “got this job in not the easiest of circumstances” but is the right choice as the leader going into a general election expected next year.

“I think I’m the right person, the right prime minister, at a time when technological change is so important to help lead the country through that change so we can benefit from it,” Sunak said.

“This is the country that benefits from those changes in technology, this is where those companies are locating, where they’re growing, where they’re investing, where they’re creating jobs,” he said.

Asked if people struggling with a cost-of-living crisis will feel better off in a year’s time, he said it was his job to make sure that people can feel that happening.

He noted: “You can start to see now that there is a prospect of wages growing faster than inflation going forward. I’m really proud of our country and what makes us special. I’m really optimistic about the future. “We’ve got a challenge right now to overcome but I’m entirely confident we will do it. Is it taking a bit longer than anyone would like? Of course, it is, but we’re making progress. The last couple of months show that the plan is working.”

With a general election expected around mid-2024, the Conservative Party government under his leadership is quite obviously now pitching its tent to start wooing the electorate.

One of the key pillars of that approach is also to show up the Labour Party as not being up to the task, even as the Opposition party currently leads most opinion polls.

“The biggest economic challenge is inflation. Not having an answer that’s clear, that’s unequivocal, that you believe in, is an abdication of leadership. That’s a massive contrast between me and him,” said Sunak, with reference to his main opponent – Labour Leader Keir Starmer.



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