- Mr Sunak was serving breakfast at a homeless shelter in London when he started chatting to a man posing as Dean.
- His awkward exchange with the homeless man began when the man asked Mr Sunak if he was “fixing the economy”.
- Labor lawmaker Bill Esterson described Mr Sunak as “disconnected” after the exchange.
British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak was criticized on Saturday for appearing to have lost touch with ordinary people when he asked a homeless person at a charity if he “worked in business” and wanted to get into the financial sector.
Mr 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 began chatting to a man posing as Dean.
“Do you work in the shop?” the Prime Minister asks the man at one point during the conversation as he hands him a plate of sausages, toast and eggs.
“No, I’m homeless. I’m actually a homeless person,” the man replies.
Angela Rayner, deputy leader of the Labor opposition party, posted a clip of the exchange on Twitter, calling it “agonizing”, while another Labor lawmaker, Bill Esterson, described Mr Sunak as “out of touch”.
His rise to Britain’s Prime Minister in October made Mr Sunak the wealthiest resident of 10 Downing Street at a time when the country is grappling with a cost of living crisis.
The Prime Minister made a surprise call to British diplomats and military personnel around the world this week to bring them Christmas wishes, his office said on Friday.
His awkward exchange with the homeless man began when the man asked Mr Sunak if he was “fixing the economy”.
When the homeless man then says that he is interested in business and finance, Mr. Sunak replies that he used to work in finance as well, and then asks, “Would you like to get into that?”
“Yeah, I wouldn’t mind,” says Dean. “But I don’t know, I’d like to get through Christmas first.”