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Rishi Sunak’s charm won’t save him if he is seen to fiddle while Britons’ pockets burn | Andrew Rawnsley

The chancellor made his reputation with his response to the pandemic. Misjudging the cost of living crisis will break it Rishi Sunak is renowned at Westminster for his nice manners. One Conservative MP who lobbied the chancellor for a policy change, but came away empty-handed, says: “I have never been told to fuck off so politely.” For a people-facing profession, politics is populated with many characters who have the people skills of a hippopotamus with toothache. In an environment where it is often absent, charm can take you a long way and it has been one of the key drivers of the sensationally swift ascent of the 41-year-old chancellor. Continue reading...
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