Rishi Sunak has been slammed online after suggesting Britons should be “grateful” to have Boris Johnson as their leader.
Appearing on Sky News’ Kay Burley @ Breakfast show, the chancellor downplayed claims he would take a tilt at the top job of prime minister.
“I think the job I have is hard enough and I see up-close what the prime minister has to deal with every day. It’s not an envious task and he does it admirably well.
“These are very difficult time and I am grateful that we have his leadership and I think the country should be grateful for that as well.”
Twitter users excoriated the chancellor.
@iii_turk posted: “Just when you think there’s someone who seems to be competent in government, he comes along with this rubbish.”
Just when you think there’s someone who seems to be competent in government, he comes along with this rubbish
— Turk Thrust ☯️🇬🇧 (@iii_turk) October 6, 2020
@BeaumontBee added: “That’s such a patronising thing to say. There is nothing to be ‘grateful’ for, as far as Johnson is concerned. Absolutely nothing.”
Rory added: “Rishi Sunak comes out with this, the day after 16,000 people tested have no idea if they have an infectious virus because somebody in the UK government can’t work a f**king excel spreadsheet properly.”
@JRodge888 wrote “Grateful… for this?” above a chart showing the UK as having one of the highest excess death rates and forecast loss of GDP in 2020, globally.
One user, by the name Yabba, quipped: “Especially those looking forward to Scottish independence and a united Ireland.”
@pepetideo wrote: “Yes… I will be very grateful when his leadership is over. Because we will not see another example of someone so grossly incompetent in our lifetimes. I hope”
This one made me laugh https://t.co/g2RRzrtUyn
— Allan Skerratt 3.5% (@AllanSkerratt) October 6, 2020
“I bet he’s quite grateful that the PM is clearly shite, not done him any harm by comparison,” added one person.
Chris joked: “Seriously? Was Cummings pointing a gun at him off camera?”