British Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed his under-fire finance minister Rishi Sunak and said he would remain in office as the country’s second most powerful politician after the next cabinet reshuffle expected later this year.
Sunak, once seen as a strong candidate to succeed Johnson, has faced a barrage of criticism for not providing households with enough living expenses, his wealthy wife’s tax status and a fine he received with Johnson had break lockdown rules.
When asked during a trip to India whether Sunak would still be Finance Minister in the autumn, Johnson said: “The answer to that is yes”.
Johnson declined to answer questions about whether other ministers will keep their jobs. “You can’t get anything out of me,” he said. “Let’s talk about what we’re going to do, not who’s going to do it.”
Sunak has also been criticized for holding a US “green card” — immigration status granted to permanent US citizens — after his appointment as Treasury Secretary in 2020.
An opinion poll released Thursday by polling firm You Gov found that 40% of respondents thought Sunak was incompetent, up 23 points from January last year but still down from the 66% who thought Johnson was incompetent.
Johnson told reporters in India that he would do whatever he could to help the people of Britain amid what the government’s budgetary projections have called likely the biggest drop in inflation-adjusted incomes since at least the 1950s.
But Johnson said critics who have blamed the government’s plans to boost renewable energy for soaring energy bills have been wrong.
“Green technology and sustainable electricity can help reduce bills,” he said. “If you look at what we’ve been doing with renewable energy, it’s helped lower bills over the past few years and will continue to do so.”
Britain’s Johnson says under fire Sunak should remain Treasury Secretary – SABC News
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