People 'Can't Unhear' Rishi Sunak Sounding Like Will From The Inbetweeners After It's Pointed Out
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As Liz Truss and Rishi Sunak are now the last two standing in their fight to become Prime Minister, the former Chancellor of the Exchequer says he's the 'only candidate' who can 'beat Keir Starmer and the Labour Party in the next election'.
After getting down to the final two candidates, Sunak said: "Well, we've just got the results.
"And wow, thank you so much to everyone for your support. I'm so humbled by it.
"We've got a really positive message to take out to all our members now, crucially, who is the best person to beat Keir Starmer and the Labour Party in the next election?
"I believe I'm the only candidate who could do that."
However, as Times Business columnist, Ryan Bourne pointed out, Sunak does sound a little bit like Will McKenzie from the iconic British sitcom.
He tweeted: "Someone told me that if you close your eyes, Rishi sounds like Will from The Inbetweeners and now I can't unhear it."
Will, played by Simon Bird in the show, is a socially incompetent private school boy who moves to Rudge Park Comprehensive after his mum can no longer afford his school fees.
Quickly earning himself the nickname Briefcase Wanker and known for his blazer and cringe-inducing conversational skills, Twitter users were in stitches over the comparison with the Tory leadership hopeful.
Referencing the series, one person wrote: "Wonder what he thinks of Burnley?"
"Oh god. Wished I’d never done that. Should have kept my eyes open," someone else said.
A third brilliantly suggested: "Someone needs to overdub Rishi’s voice onto a video of Will talking."
A fourth said: "ffs. Why did I close my eyes... true but why."
Another added: "Ha ha ha this is hilarious! Yes!"
Well, Sunak was the favourite with Tory MPs, winning 137 votes in the final round to Truss’s 113.
However, at the time of writing, bookies have tipped Truss as a potential favourite after early indications suggested she has the bigger backing among the crucial electorate that will make the ultimate decision.
Members are expected to receive postal ballots by 5 August and then have up to a month to make up their minds before the ballot shuts at 5pm on 2 September.
And so the official announcement of the next leader of the Conservative Party – and UK Prime Minister – will be on 5 September.