Rishi Sunak, newly appointed Indian finance minister of Indian origin and son-in-law of co-founder of Infosys Narayana Murthy, is preparing to present his first budget next month. On Friday, she tweeted a photo of herself while making tea for her team between meetings.
“Budget preparation break for tea for the team. Nothing better than a good Yorkshire beer,” tweeted Sunak, 39, with a picture of him holding a kettle and standing next to a jumbo bag of Yorkshire Tea, a famous British tea brand.
In no time, several Twitter users responded, hiring the banker to become a politician, for what they saw as brand approval.
Quick budget preparation break to prepare tea for the team. Nothing like a good Yorkshire beer. pic.twitter.com/zhoQM9Ksho
– Rishi Sunak (@RishiSunak) February 21, 2020
“How much does Yorkshire Tea sponsor you? … You are a millionaire, you don’t need money. I can’t believe they are using you to support their products. I will never buy Yorkshire Tea again. Companies should not show prejudices politicians. Return to PG Tips & Tetleys, “wrote one user.
“@Yorkshiretea supports this or I may have to stop buying it,” tweeted another person.
The tea brand tweeted a return, saying that people from all walks of life like their beer would prefer to stay away from the topic.
Nothing to do with us: people of all political genres like our beer.
Furthermore, we cannot in any way intentionally get stuck in a Twitter storm on Friday afternoon. It’s almost time!
– Yorkshire Tea (@YorkshireTea) February 21, 2020
Rishi Sunak, 39, was appointed as UK’s new finance minister earlier this month by Prime Minister Boris Johnson in a government reshuffle after Sajid Javid, of Pakistani descent, resigned from office. The resignation of mr. Javid have been viewed as a shocking move in one of the biggest upheavals since Boris Johnson won the winning majority in the December 2019 general election.
Mr. Sunak then joined the top level of the government as Chancellor of the Exchequer, dealing with the second most important government position as finance minister.
Mr. Sunak will present the financial statements on March 11th. Following suggestions that the budget may be delayed to give him more time to prepare for the key event, Mr. Sunak said the annual update of government taxes and spending plans “will deliver on the promises we have made to the British people – leveling up and unlocking the country’s potential.”
The Richmond, Yorkshire MP, married to Narayana Murthy’s daughter, Akshata, first entered the UK parliament in 2015 and quickly gained the rank of conservative party as a loyal Brexiteer who had supported the strategy of Boris Johnson to leave the European Union (EU).
The British-born son, son of a pharmacist mother and general practitioner (NHS), is a graduate of the University of Oxford and Stanford.