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The Rishi reality check

Truth-telling chancellors don’t reach the top. Sunak will want to sound responsible, while leaving it to a successor to take responsibility for higher taxes

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: Xinhua / Alamy Stock Photo

Dishy Rishi is darling of the Tory party, the glamorous counterpoint and heir apparent to Brexit Boris. No 11’s media machine excelled itself this week with an extraordinary five-minute film—“The 12 months to Budget 2021”—a Hollywood romance with rousing music and footage as our dashing hero, in soft focus, meets health workers and young jobseekers and shares their pain.

However, chancellors usually don’t become prime minister, even though the occupant of No 11 has long been the second-most important figure in the Cabinet, taking over this role from the foreign secretary as the economy replaced Empire as the…

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