The Unexpected Rise of Rishi Sunak
The Unexpected Rise of Rishi Sunak

U.K. citizens are finding comfort in the Chancellor’s well-informed nerdiness during an uncertain time.

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer Rishi Sunak (left) speaks beside Prime Minister Boris Johnson at a news conference addressing the government’s response to the COVID-19 outbreak, on March 17, 2020. (Matt Dunham/Pool/AFP via Getty Images)

After Rishi Sunak declared that the people of the United Kingdom “would not face this [coronavirus crisis] alone,” and that the government would step in to pay 80% of salaries so that businesses can retain their employees, many started speculating that the new Chancellor of the Exchequer could be a strong candidate for prime minister. Compared to the rumpled Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Sunak’s informed and empathetic response to the coronavirus has made him a rising star in British politics. This, combined with Instagram photos of the Chancellor hard at work at home in a hoodie, has earned him an Andrew Cuomo-esque round of thirsty media coverage and the nickname “Dishy Rishi” for his charming good looks. Nationally, Sunak is now unimaginably popular across the political spectrum.

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