British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has faced criticism in recent hours for his lack of contact with people and after asking a homeless man at a charity if he “worked in business” and wanted to go into the financial sector .
Sunak, a former Goldman Sachs banker and one of Britain’s richest people, was serving breakfast at a homeless shelter in London on Friday when he struck up a conversation with a man who identified himself as Dean.
“Do you work in business?” the prime minister asked the man at one point in the conversation, handing him a plate of sausages, toast and eggs.
“No, I don’t have a home. I’m actually a homeless person,” replied the man.
Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the opposition Lab partyOrista posted a snippet of the exchange on Twitter, calling it “intolerable”, while another labor lawmaker, Bill Esterson, called Sunak “out of touch with reality”.
His ascension as head of the British government in October made Sunak the wealthiest resident of 10 Downing Street as the country grappled with a cost-of-living crisis.
His awkward exchange with the man at the soup kitchen began when the man asked Sunak if he was “fixing the economy.”
When he tells her that he is interested in business and finance, Sunak asks him “Would you like to go into that?”
“Yeah, I wouldn’t mind,” Dean replies. “But, I don’t know, I’d like to spend Christmas first.”