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Sunak says he loves UK 'deeply' in response to Farage 'culture' quip

Jun 23, 2024

London [UK], June 23: British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has said he loves the UK "deeply" after being accused of not understanding British culture by Reform UK leader Nigel Farage.
Farage made the suggestion after Sunak left the D-Day 80th anniversary commemorations in the northern French region of Normandy before the main international event.
Farage suggested his comments were in relation to the prime minister's "class" rather than his background as the child of immigrants.
But Cabinet minister Mel Stride said he was "very uncomfortable" with the comments, while shadow justice secretary Shabana Mahmood said they were "completely unacceptable." Speaking to broadcasters during an campaign visit in London, Sunak said: "I love this country deeply for what it has done for my family.
"My grandparents emigrated here with very little and two generations later I have the enormous privilege of being our prime minister.
"And that's why I will work my hardest to repay this country for everything that it has done for my family." In the wake of Sunak's departure before the international event, Farage claimed: "[Sunak] doesn't really care about our history, he doesn't really care - frankly - about our culture." Asked what he meant by that on BBC1's "Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg," he said: "I know what your question is leading at - 40% of our contribution in World War I and World War II came from the Commonwealth.
"He is utterly disconnected by class, by privilege, from how the ordinary folk in this country feel.
"He revealed that, I think spectacularly, when he left Normandy early.
"Out there now there are millions and millions of people who were Conservative voters, traditional Conservative voters, not the red-wallers, who are now thinking 'Do we go on supporting the Conservatives or do we support Reform?' "This is going to be, I think, the acid test of this election." The "red wall" refers to traditionally Labour Party voting areas of northern England and the English Midlands, also Wales, based on the party's representative colour.
Many of the red wall constituencies voted for the Conservative Party in the 2019 snap election called by then prime minister Boris Johnson, leading pundits to say the red wall turned blue. Labour hopes to return the wall to its former colour in the upcoming July 4 UK general election.
Source: Qatar Tribune