outrage in Britain
Prime Minister candidate Sunak as “assassin”
British Culture Minister Nadine Dorries has sparked outrage by describing prime ministerial candidate Rishi Sunak as an “assassin” by incumbent Boris Johnson.
In an op-ed for the Mail on Sunday newspaper, Dorries warned Conservative Party members about the former Treasury Secretary: “The assassin’s bright smile, soft voice and even his tiny stature really deceived many of us,” the minister wrote. She also retweeted an image showing Sunak as Brutus stabbing the Prime Minister as Julius Caesar from behind.
Dorries is considered one of Johnson’s closest confidants and supports Secretary of State Liz Truss in the election campaign to succeed him. Sunak is treading a “path of treason” and has planned a coup against Johnson, the minister continued.
For weeks, the ex-finance minister has been defending himself against allegations that he had been planning his candidacy for prime minister for a long time and that his resignation ultimately meant Johnson’s end. The outgoing prime minister also commented accordingly.
Tory MPs slammed the posts as hateful and divisive. Previously, Dorries had snubbed the wealthy Sunak’s expensive clothes. In the “Mail” she now wrote that she had overshot the mark with her criticism of Sunak’s appearance. “I wanted to highlight Rishi’s misguided dress code to warn Tory members against being deceived by appearances, as has happened to many of us who have served in the Cabinet with the Chancellor of the Exchequer,” she said.
Sunak supporter and Secretary of State for Economic Affairs Greg Hands called the allegations “tasteless”. On Sky News he recalled the murder of Conservative MP David Amess in October 2021. Less than a year had passed since then, Hands said. The statements are dangerous. (SDA)