King’s Speech: Rishi Sunak missed his chance for a reset
Sky News says Rishi Sunak is a prime minister who likes to talk about long-term decision-making and being a leader prepared to take “tough choices” to change the UK.
On Tuesday, we heard it all again in the opening sentences of the first King’s Speech in more than 70 years: “My government’s priority is to make difficult but necessary long-term decisions to change this country for the better.”
But the truth is there is no such thing as the long-term for a prime minister facing an election, perhaps just a year away, and who is fast running out of time and space to shift the dial with voters.
Ignore the rhetoric about making difficult decisions for the country. In reality what we saw on Tuesday was a prime minister trying to frame the election, rather than a programme for government, in a bid to show voters the clear difference between him and Sir Keir Starmer.