DAN WOOTTON: After spending months backstabbing Boris when he was meant to be saving us from economic catastrophe, it’s impossible to ever trust Fishy Rishi Sunak again. That’s why he’s going to lose, despite what the blinkered BBC says
The elite, the Tory grandees, the political establishment, the BBC and the vast bulk of the mainstream broadcast media are so blinkered that, as usual, they’re missing the real story.
There’s more chance of Keir Starmer winning a charisma contest than furious Conservative party members backing the backstabbing former Chancellor, who spent months secretly plotting to oust Boris – the man to whom he owes his entire political career – when he was meant to be saving us from economic catastrophe.
So while the BBC might be confidently predicting at regular intervals that Rishi is ‘the man to beat’, they’re talking from the midst of the Westminster bubble where most Tory MPs are depressingly out of touch with their members.
It’s fascinating to see the Beeb ignoring the anger amongst party loyalists about the despicable coup against Boris, which the MSM largely precipitated and has predictably seen the Conservative poll rating tank.
But they’ll never learn and will keep on with their futile campaign to coronate Rishi as PM until September.
Rishi Sunak at the launch of his campaign to be Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister earlier today
Rishi Sunak’s campaign to replace Boris Johnson as Conservative party leader and Prime Minister of the UK is shaping up as the next Brexit or Red Wall
It’s fascinating to see the Beeb ignoring the anger amongst party loyalists about the despicable coup against Boris
There’s more chance of Keir Starmer winning a charisma contest than furious Conservative party members backing the backstabbing former Chancellor. Pictured: Saijd Javid, Mr Sunak and Boris Johnson walking together in Downing Street in September last year
Just like they were convinced Ed Miliband would win in 2015, Remain would triumph conclusively in 2016 and Corbyn had a chance in 2019.
The question I’m being asked all the time is: How can we trust Rishi to run the country when he couldn’t be trusted to put the country ahead of plotting to destroy Boris?
I’m afraid I think I’ll find it impossible to ever trust him again after such a long-running deceit.
I mean, the bloke registered his campaign domain name just days after a photo was mysteriously leaked from a lookout close to Number 11 showing the PM hosting a work meeting in the garden, as the media kicked off their hysterical Partygate campaign.
And it seems from that moment on, Rishi was doing his best to thwart Boris, even if it meant putting personal ambition ahead of the business of State.
In an extraordinary interview for my GB News show last night, Culture Secretary Nadine Dorries – an avowed Boris loyalist who is now determined to stop Rishi becoming PM – revealed just how destructive his behaviour in Cabinet had become.
‘When some difficult decisions were taken, when we wanted to lift restrictions on Covid, for example it was very difficult to get the Chancellor at meetings to commit to any policy at all,’ she claimed.
‘He had been planning his campaign to the letter, launched it the day it was ready, and everybody else was blindsided and thinking: What’s going on? We’ve all been working so hard. How can he have been that campaign ready? Well the answer is, he wasn’t working so hard – we all were.
‘It is obvious that this was on the cards for a long time and in the planning, under wraps for a long time.’
There’s more chance of Keir Starmer winning a charisma contest than furious Conservative party members backing the backstabbing former Chancellor
Perhaps the concept of a politician being a duplicitous, deceptive double-dealer is ordinary, even expected.
But there is nothing ordinary about the times we are living through.
A recovery from two years of unnecessary lockdowns, a devastating cost-of-living crisis and a European war at our doorstep made it imperative the Chancellor was in lockstep with the PM, not engaging in, as honourable Defence Secretary Ben Wallace put it, ‘political parlour games’.
At the same time, the man formerly known as Dishy Rishi when he was irresponsibly doling out cash in a series of historic giveaways, was buffeted by his own political scandals.
The arrogance of the man to believe he would do a better job than Boris, given the revelation he continued to carry a US green card into government, his wife’s non-dom status and the fact he’d also received a fixed penalty notice from the overzealous Met Police, is breath-taking.
A privileged bloke like Sunak, who previously boasted about his lack of working class pals, is used to getting his way.
But there’s a crucial element missing for me: Authenticity.
Seeing the slick and highly scripted ex-Chancellor read the script to his over-produced campaign launch video like a teacher might read to a five-year-old was the height of cringe.
Likewise, his laughable attempt to praise Boris at his campaign launch today.
Sunak is like a robot politician.
Everything is focus grouped and everything is scripted – the opposite of Boris.
Of course, all of this is before I get to policy.
Sunak should run off and join the Lib Dems – he’s a big state/high tax type of guy.
He increased National Insurance, failed to eliminate VAT on fuel as promised as a Brexit dividend, and endorsed a massive forthcoming increase in corporation tax.
That’s fine if that’s his belief, but it goes against every principle of Conservative economic management.
Mr Sunak and Mr Johnson during a visit to Fourpure Brewery in Bermondsey in April earlier this year
His pitch to keep taxes sky high until inflation drops might please the BBC, but it lacks a fundamental understanding of why the Tories always manage the economy better than the Labour.
Just when I thought it couldn’t get worse for Sunak today, Matt Hancock’s endorsement delivered the final nail in his coffin.
The disgraced ex-Health Secretary said in a Ready for Rishi campaign video posted on social media: ‘I know he’s got the character, he’s got the experience and he’s got the plan to get us through.’
When Matt Hancock is praising you for being of good character, you know the moment has come to run for the hills.
So, yup, Sunak probably will end up in the final two of this Tory leadership contest.
But the election that will follow is going to expose MPs and this country’s establishment for once again being shockingly out of touch with ordinary people.
Because the man who brutally wielded the knife against Boris Johnson is not going to be backed by Tory members to succeed him.