The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Rishi Sunak cautioned his people that difficult economic times and difficult choices lay ahead, that “mistakes were committed” by his forerunners, and that he would fight arduously to win their trust.
He pledged to lead with “integrity, professionalism, and accountability at every level,” attributes he said were lacking when he quit the cabinet of former prime minister Boris Johnson and organized a coup.
“Trust is earned and I will earn yours,” He said, but he didn’t provide a list of regulations or fixes.
Minutes after King Charles III requested him to create a new administration, he gave a succinct speech that was narrowly focused; there was no celebration or victory lap.
The youngest prime minister in this country in 200 years, Sunak, 42, emphasized the term “hard” in his remarks. “I fully appreciate how hard things are,” he said.
He waved to cameras at the entrance to 10 Downing Street for the customary photo opportunity.
He didn’t grinned. “Be happy!” yelled a photographer. But unlike Johnson, he did not smile or give a thumbs up.
He presented himself as being entirely serious.
“I will put your needs above politics,” Sunak pledged to the British people, adding, “together we can achieve wonderful things.”
He will spend the day assembling his Cabinet, and the selections will reveal more about the course he wants to take Britain in.
After only 49 days in office, Liz Truss’s reign as Britain’s shortest-serving prime minister came to an end on this day.
Markets reacted negatively to her attempt to reduce taxes for corporations and high incomes without a strategy to pay for it.
She retreated, but it was too late to rescue her position as premier.