I mean for all things to dislike about Sunak I don't think he was that insincere or duplicitous in his political ambition.
uziq wrote:it's the usual 'cabinet or PM -> board member sinecure' pipeline.
Cybargs wrote:politics just seem to be a funsies job for him.
uziq wrote:he doesn't need the throne. he's worth 2x the net worth of king charles already. richest parliamentarian by quite a margin, richest parliamentarian possibly ever.
and don't worry, he'll be out in 1–2 years and moving to america to claim american citizenship with his green card. that has always been his end-game, a plum board position somewhere on wall street making maximal money. he's already spent long stretches of his life in santa monica and at stanford business school.
a lot of these modern banker-cum-politician technocratic types have this very ambition. do a few years as a chancellor or deputy PM and become a senior wall street or silicon valley figure. sunak's whole life in california would certainly suggest that he has a nick clegg path in mind: a few years in downing street, followed by a global lead role at facebook and 7 figure yearly salary.
now he's made the very top job, he can probably do one better and get on the lecturing and public circuit. 6 or 7 figures per engagement. he can spend the next 20 years of his (young) life telling roomfuls of management consultants and bankers exactly what they want to hear, from menlo park to martha's vineyard.
If you want a 7 figure job there are easier, and more anonymous, ways to go about it than to thrust yourself in the political limelight and try your luck at having a home address on downing street. While it's not a meritocratic pursuit it's objectively hard. Had Sunak wanted the board member job he could've just looked coyly in the direction of his wife's dad. Having been chancellor already set him up for life too.
No, he really wanted to be PM and is probably stupid enough to stand for reelection in 2 years. Doesn't make it better.