Following the shock resignation of Chancellor Sajid Javid, a new chancellor has been appointed.
And if you think he looks startled, gormless and strangely comedic, you’re right.
Many are concerned that with only four weeks until the Budget, the UK Treasury has been rocked with the announcement of the new Chancellor, Rishi Sunak.
‘You’re shocked?!’ gasped a nervous new Chancellor this time last year I was in the Comedy Store vying for a five-minute open mic spot. Next thing I’m coerced into some strange TV comedy project, now I’m accidentally fucking Chancellor.
So who is Mr Sunak, and what is his background?
Producers of the Thick of It plucked him from the chorus line, groomed him for a life in politics as a front for the show and designed a TV format around Mr Sunak called The Sunak Show, a mockumentary. They created a persona – the Conservative MP for Richmond, Yorkshire, Oxford and Stanford educated, father was a GP, mother a pharmacist, a wife is the daughter of an Indian billionaire. Those in power fell for it, failing to see the crew filming his every move.
Mr Sunak’s career has been meteoric. He was made chief secretary to the Treasury, after being parliamentary under-secretary in the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government and now he’s Chancellor.
Armando Iannucci confirmed the show was testing the theory of the old comedy adage ‘you couldn’t make it up’. ‘We pitched a number of ideas, initially, we had Boris Johnson and Dominic Cummings doing kind of a Hitler Goebbels Talk Radio. Then we had Rishi prepped as an interior designer, there to help Cummings open up the walls between number 10 and 11. Events and circumstance spun us in a totally different direction.
The resignation confirmed rumours of a massive rift between Javid and Cummings, the PM’s chief adviser. Poison pen briefings to the press, Ministers worried about losing their jobs and how much Cummings was controlling everything from HS2 to knocking down walls in Downing Street.
Iannucci confirmed “To be honest, timing is everything and we got lucky. Sunak was really just there we didn’t expect him to accidentally become Chancellor of the Exchequer. In the mock spec, we had Sunak become Chancellor and smiling his dazzling gormless comedy smile and holding the red briefcase. But inside is his five-minute comedy routine from the night we found him. HBO and Netflix want a sequel with Sunak as PM.”