Spoiler alert, I am not in this newsletter, or in future newsletters for Reaction subscribers, going to agree with every aspect of what Rishi Sunak proposes to do as Britain’s Prime Minister. As Chancellor he made several serious mistakes, continuing the Covid crisis funding for too long and blowing a hole in the public finances much bigger than anything Liz Truss managed in her short premiership. Sunak relied too much on tax rises. There’s a strand of his most dogged supporters who are arrogant, and that will not go well in a country with a free press. Critics say that on the war in Ukraine, and defence more broadly, Sunak is too much the “finance guy”, who sees security as an accounting challenge rather than an existential question. He denies this. We’ll see.
The catch of embracing fame, which the couple don’t like, is that others are entitled to a different version of the truth about them.