Rishi Sunak’s candidacy for prime minister has been recognized as particularly adept throughout his campaign – to this day.
The former Chancellor emerged victorious from both Conservative leadership elections this week and appears to be the front runner – at least among MPs – taking Boris Johnson’s spot at No. 10.
So it was particularly surprising that a major misspelling was visible on one of his campaign signs during a leadership husting hosted by Conservative Home on Friday.
Below a giant QR code was the caption: “Scan me to join the campaign [sic].”
It’s particularly surprising since Sunak’s campaign has been so shiny since launch, unlike his main rival Penny Mordaunt, who had complaints about her launch video.
Sunak was even accused of registering his official website Ready4Rishi.com back in December, when in fact it was registered on July 6 according to public records. This is the day after his resignation as chancellor and the day before Johnson’s resignation.
In fact, another web address was registered six months ago – Readyforrishi.com, which was snatched on December 23, although Sunak’s team claims they are not responsible, according to The Guardian. This URL now redirects to Sunak’s official Ready4Rishi.com page.
Misspellings aside, Sunak’s chances for the top job appeared to be slipping after a YouGov poll showed he wasn’t the most popular candidate among broader Conservative Party members.
Just 13% of the 879 members polled supported Sunak – meaning he tied third with Secretary of State Liz Truss – compared to 27% who supported his opponent Mordaunt.
This is despite Sunak becoming the second person to resign from Johnson’s cabinet last week, sparking a mass Tory withdrawal from his government that ultimately forced the Prime Minister to resign on Thursday.
Sunak was also criticized earlier this year for his wife’s non-dom status (which allowed her to avoid tax on foreign earnings) until she dumped him and started paying UK taxes.
Faced with a challenge on Thursday over his status as a multi-millionaire, Sunak told BBC Radio 4’s Today program on Thursday that he was not too rich to become prime minister.
“I don’t judge people by their bank accounts, I judge them by their character and I think people can judge me by my actions over the last few years,” he claimed.
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