An unearthed video shows No. 10 hopeful Rishi Sunak admitting he has no working class friends. Sunak launched his campaign to become the next Prime Minister yesterday (Friday, July 7) and is currently the front-runner to succeed Boris Johnson.
However, critics have questioned whether he is a man of the people after a clip from a 2001 BBC documentary was shared on Twitter. In it a young Sunak says: “I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper-class, I have friends who are working class.” He then corrects himself: “Well, not working class.”
He’s talking on a documentary called ‘Middle Classes: Their Rise and Sprawl’ in which his parents are asked about their decision to send their kids to Winchester College, a fee paying boarding school in Hampshire. Sunak then went on to study at Oxford. In the documentary Rishi says: “I am very lucky to have been at these places, it does put me in an elite in society. I always consider myself professional middle class, I don’t think being Asian is a defining feature.”