THE bookies’ favourite to be next Tory leader and Prime Minister is the man most directly responsible for burdening the country with £500billion debt and having the distinction of being the most fiscally irresponsible Chancellor of the Exchequer in history.
Few commentators have fully considered the implications of a Rishi Sunak premiership. What is the character behind the boyish smile; what motivates him? Ans what of his judgment? It certainly needs more scrutiny than it has faced so far.
Critics spotted that before he had been in post for a year, Sunak had revealed an alarming conceit and shameless tendency for self-promotion. So what of the probity of the man responsible for the highest levels of taxation in 70 years, so careless with public money that he let fraudsters feed on £47billion of Covid loan handouts (much of it unlikely to be reclaimed), a scandal over which any previous Chancellor would surely have been forced to resign? But Sunak is a master of unconcern, leaving his more honourable Treasury minister, Lord Agnew, to shoulder the responsibility and resign. Questions should be asked about his trillion-pound green agenda which seriously threatens our energy security and risks impoverishing the ordinary people who Sunak claims to be helping.
Through all this, and apparently oblivious to the financial catastrophe in his wake, Sunak has continued to glide across the political stage, remarkably free of the mud that has spattered his Cabinet colleagues, even though his globalist interests and contacts put an a question mark as big as his failed financial management on his suitability to become Prime Minister of Britain.
Belatedly his shiny image lost some of its lustre when he faced criticism about clinging to his US Green Card and his wealthy wife’s non-domiciliary status, begging the question of where the loyalties of this exceedingly rich couple lay? Sunak carries a potential conflict of interest with his in laws’ family business connections lightly; but for a Conservative Party leadership contender these influences an interests are hardly trivial.
His wife Akshata, whom Sunak met as a fellow student at Stanford University and married in 2009, owns the major company Infosys. Co-founded by her father, Narayan Murthy, Infosys provides IT services, business consultancy and outsourcing. It invests heavily in lobbying governments, using teams of lawyers to find loopholes in immigration rules. Known as ‘the Steve Jobs of India’ and one of the richest men in the world, Murthy is described by Sunak as ‘incredibly supportive’ if somewhat ‘intimidating’.
British Indians have contributed immensely to the national economy, and their appointments and achievements disprove the simplistic charges of racism against white Britons. Several of the Tory leadership candidates are of Indian background, most having held Cabinet positions. Though born and bred in Britain, his father a GP and mother a chemist, by virtue of his marriage Sunak is nonetheless ensconced in the Indian aristocracy.
His horizons extend beyond the Channel to the agenda of the global corporate elite: he would like unimpeded growth and technological development, though not necessarily for the ordinary people’s benefit.
Infosys is a technology partner of the World Economic Forum, which described the company as a ‘global leader in next-generation digital services and consulting’. A key product is Finacle, a digital banking platform. Sunak is an enthusiast for central bank digital coupons (CBDC) and has been collaborating with the Bank of England to float the idea of ‘Britcoin’, an innovation that would threaten all our personal freedoms. Such currency would give unprecedented power to the state and global banks. Infosys president Mohit Joshi, in an article for the WEF in August 2020, promoted CBDC as the future for all spending in society (he also warned that ‘paper money can transmit the virus’).
So, social credit system, here we come. The state, as administrator of the ‘rules-based international order’, could use a wholly digital currency as carrot and stick, rewarding compliance such as vaccination and punishing dissidents by surcharges or barring travel or other purchases. It’s already happening in China.
Other vistas need attention. Sunak is an avid promoter of ‘skilled’ migration. He also launched a drive to turn the City of London into the first eco-financial centre. What does this presage for a policy of eco-towns under Sunak?
In 2007 the Department for Communities and Local Government announced a competition to design ten ‘eco-towns’. The Town and Country Planning Association report A New Future for New Towns (2021) argued:
‘The choice between poorly located and poor-quality homes and the opportunities that development at scale can offer in realising a zero-carbon and sustainable future remains the crucial housing delivery issue of the 2020s. This is no longer a question of our technical ability to finance, design and deliver such places: it simply a question of the political will to achieve them.’
By 2012 four such eco-towns had been planned, with nothing yet built. As Prime Minister, would Sunak exploit the contrived climate-change crisis to bring in the bulldozers? Eco-towns are sold as ‘green’, although this noble aim is hardly in keeping with paving over vast acres of farmland and generating more traffic. ‘Zero-carbon’ jobs would be created in technology, following the World Economic Forum’s doctrine of the ‘fourth industrial revolution’. Importantly, these towns would not be populated by local shire folk, but by immigrants classed as ‘skilled’ (newspeak for cheap and compliant).
Consider what is happening in the Netherlands now. Globalist leader Mark Rutte has angered farmers whose land he is reported to want to acquire for building to make way for migrants. Holland has a unique combination of a high-density population and the most productive agricultural industry in the world. An arbitrary nitrogen threshold is being used to wreck farmers’ livelihood. The real reason is suggested by a document of Flevoland province, which has bought farmland in the Noordoostpolder, where the government intends to build an asylum centre. Geert Wilders, leader of the Party for Freedom (PVV) exclaimed:
‘Here’s the proof. It just says it all. The farmer has to go because they want to build a registration centre for asylum seekers on his land. They are completely destroying the Netherlands. Our farmers out, the fortune seekers in. No wonder people are furious.’
Arguably, Sunak was a soft Brexiteer whose stance appeared less about the principle of sovereignty than about political opportunism. He is closely linked with Remain campaigners in the European Movement and Best for Britain. Although no fan of Brussels, he is an arch-globalist who sees borders as an unnecessary obstruction. Is the tech-driven Indian city of Bangalore a model that Sunak believes we should follow, and his UK dream one of population-driven economic supremacy in Europe?
There is some inevitability about Sunak taking on the baton of global Britain. An opposing group of Tory MPs argues that ‘there is nothing Conservative about the Big Tax and Big Spend agenda’ of Sunak, but the stars are aligning. As suggested on UK Column (July 11), Dominic Cummings could be Sunak’s special adviser. Cummings wants to strip out all the inefficiencies of traditional government; this unfeeling man would create a technocratic dystopia in our once green and pleasant land.
Which brings us to the final question – would Sunak conserve anything?