PLATELL'S PEOPLE: I could never vote for a snake like Rishi Sunak

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: I could never vote for a snake and back-stabber like Rishi Sunak

As a lifelong Conservative who has worked for the party for decades — both officially, as William Hague’s Press Secretary, and unofficially, stuffing leaflets into letter boxes and speaking at fund-raisers — I cannot be the only one in despair at the current state of the Tories.

Most galling of all is how back-stabbing Rishi Sunak presents himself as a person of integrity and truth after the way he clinically decapitated the PM. His comment after making his move — ‘I’m sorry I had to resign, it wasn’t a decision I took lightly’ — was met with derision by Cabinet colleagues. They know him as a man who was always out for himself.

He says he had to step down as Chancellor as a matter on honour — he claimed he could no longer support a leader who was less than honest over Partygate and the then deputy chief whip Chris Pincher.

Well let’s take a look at Rishi’s relationship with the truth.

Let’s take a look at Rishi’s relationship with the truth. Just how honest was he when it was revealed in April that his multi-million heiress wife was a non-dom enabling her potentially to save millions in taxes. He told journalists this was unavoidable, because she wasn’t a British citizen 

Just how honest was he when it was revealed in April that his multi-million heiress wife was a non-dom enabling her potentially to save millions in taxes. He told journalists this was unavoidable, because she wasn’t a British citizen.

How on earth, then, did she magically agree to pay British taxes within days of the scandal? Not so unavoidable, after all, it transpires.

And what about the mystery over his campaign website? When asked by Andrew Marr on LBC on Wednesday why he had registered the website readyforrishi.com as far back as December 23, 2021 he replied: ‘Gosh I didn’t know.’ Can we believe him? The website redirects everything to the new version ready4rishi.com.

And what about the mystery over his campaign website? When asked by Andrew Marr on LBC on Wednesday why he had registered the website readyforrishi.com as far back as December 23, 2021 he replied: ‘Gosh I didn’t know.’ Can we believe him? The website redirects everything to the new version ready4rishi.com 

There is his claim, too, that last December he flew back from LA and single-handedly prevented another lockdown ‘to stop us sleep-walking into a national disaster’. He boasts: ‘I’m glad I won that argument.’

Other Cabinet ministers who opposed the lockdown while he was away say his version of events is ‘utterly untrue’. He couldn’t even answer after being asked when he and his family last used the NHS, saying only ‘of course’ they used it.

The truth is Rishi Sunak has been on manoeuvres for months, waiting for the most damaging moment to make his venomous strike.

He is not a man to be trusted. Like many other Tories, I will never vote for a snake like him. And, Rishi, I do not say that lightly.

Prince Harry’s cringingly woke lecture at the UN on the threat to democracy is a bit rich, given the only reason he even has a voice and receives millions from Netflix is he’s the grandson of our unelected Queen, and his title, the Duke of Sussex, is hereditary. Hardly democratic, is it?

Showing our girls the score

Around nine million of us watched the Lionesses’ game against Spain in the Euros on Wednesday when the England Women’s team triumphed in extra time, triple the audience for Love Island.

What an inspiration for girls — showing that you don’t need fake boobs and perma-tans, lips stuffed with fillers or have to indulge bed-swapping sex live on reality TV to achieve something grand in life.

Leah Williamson playing Austria in the Womens UEFA European Championship

Why has Bashir got away with it?   

Twenty-five years on, the BBC is forced to pay former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke £200,000 after Martin Bashir falsified documents to ‘prove’ his bogus claim that she’d had an abortion after an affair with Prince Charles to secure his Panorama interview with Princess Diana.

Had Diana not been lied to she may never have given the disastrous interview which made her life spiral out of control. Why isn’t Bashir in the dock?

Kate’s picture celebrating Prince George’s ninth birthday, taken after a day at the seaside, was a joy — and with his tousled hair, huge smile, and plain blue shirt a far cry from pictures of him looking excruciatingly uncomfortable in suit and tie in the Royal Box at Wimbledon.

Meanwhile, Meghan was snapped leaving a New York restaurant, wearing $1,150 Dior shorts, clutching the hand of famous feminist Gloria Steinem, now 88, looking bewildered and dressed in a black tracksuit. A tad reminiscent of Kathy Bates’s famous movie Misery, in which a nobody entraps and clings on to a famous person who actually has talent. 

Twenty-five years on, the BBC is forced to pay former royal nanny Tiggy Legge-Bourke £200,000 after Martin Bashir falsified documents to ‘prove’ his bogus claim that she’d had an abortion after an affair with Prince Charles to secure his Panorama interview with Princess Diana 

Had Diana not been lied to she may never have given the disastrous interview which made her life spiral out of control. Why isn’t Bashir in the dock? 

At the launch of her new role as creative director of Diet Coke, Kate Moss — formerly known as ‘Cocaine-Kate’ — had the audience in hysterics after being asked why she took the job saying: ‘Well, I have always loved Coke!’ Not so funny for the thousands of families who have lost a loved one to that drug. 

Let me go in a haze of bubbles

A devoted husband has escaped jail with a two-year suspended sentence for manslaughter after killing his wife who was suffering from terminal cancer by cutting her throat. Graham Mansfield and wife Dyanne had a suicide pact. I pass no judgement, only to say that if someone loved me so much they’d end my life, please make it a bottle of champagne and a handful of pills. 

Shocking for us fans that the cheapest tickets to Bruce Springsteen’s first of four UK dates beginning in Edinburgh at the start of his 2023 tour are now selling for £505. Crikey, I paid about £20 to see him in 1985 at Wembley. Given his feeble voice with Macca at Glastonbury, music lovers who buy at that price are being sold down The River. 

Slap-Happy Will Smith is the second highest earner in Hollywood after Tom Cruise, coining £29 million for his next movie Emancipation.

The highest-paid female is Margot Robbie with £10 million for playing the air-head Barbie. Of the top 26, only five are women — which is rather a slap in the face for the sisterhood in Hollywood. 

Strictly still lovely, Ola

Having spent one of the most depressing hours of my life trying on swimsuits — and then needing a large vodka — what a joy to see former Strictly goddess Ola Jordan in a bikini with a soft womanly tummy. She says she’s ‘horrified’ by her ‘mum bod’. Silly sausage, she looks lovely and many of us would trade our bodies for hers in a nanosecond. 

What a joy to see former Strictly goddess Ola Jordan in a bikini with a soft womanly tummy

Never mess with Posh

Just three months after the marriage of Brooklyn Beckham to Nicola Peltz, he has changed his name on social media to Peltz Beckham. Now his mum Victoria and his wife rarely ‘like’ each other on Instagram.

A word of advice, Nicola: fall out with your mother-in-law at your peril, especially one so ferociously ambitious as Victoria.

Just wear her silly frocks occasionally.

Remember, Posh has 30 million Instagram followers while you have 2.7 million. In a battle over who can be the most vacuous on social media, VB will win every time.

Folk fleeing their homes before they were destroyed by ravaging fires this week had but a moment to rescue their most precious belongings. What would I grab? My jewellery box including Mum’s wedding ring, my Bible, my Godzilla movies? No, just my moggie Ted. 

Westminster wars

  • Penny Mordaunt blames a ‘vicious personal smear campaign’ for being knocked out. Having written last week as her former boss that, lovely as she is, the thought of her as PM filled me with horror, can I point out three more of her bosses have now publicly questioned her work ethic. Not personal Penny, it’s the truth.
  • Best sob story of the leadership from Kemi Badenoch — she knew poverty growing up in Nigeria ‘doing her homework by candlelight’, and ‘fetching water from a borehole a mile away’, when her father owned a publishing company, and she was born in a private maternity unit in London.

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