Rishi Sunak has been mocked for his “wooden speech” as the Prime Minister in waiting succumbed to an awkward silence at the conclusion of his first public address as leader of the nation. Britons joked that Mr Sunak does not know “he’s allowed to blink” as the former chancellor looked deadpan as he read off a teleprompter. As the speech came to an end, there was a painful moment of silence as the he seemed unsure of what to do, before he awkwardly sidestepped out of shot.
After the former prime minister Liz Truss was repeatedly mocked for her robotic tone and poor delivery from the lectern, Britons flooded social media to offer their comments on Mr Sunak’s first public performance.
One Briton wrote on Twitter: “Wooden speech by Rishi Sunak accompanied by an awkward silence at the end. Someone tell the future Prime Minister that he’s allowed to blink.”
One other user described the new PM as “The Rishbot”, while another said: “Rishi Sunak confirmed as the new Davros in David Tennant’s Doctor Who.”
A fourth person said: “Terrible first speech. It was so wooden & fake it made Theresa May look good. Disaster.”
In a televised address to the nation that lasted just 86 seconds, Rishi Sunak opened by thanking his predecessor Liz Truss for her service, before describing the role of PM as the “greatest privilege of my life”.
He said: “I would like to pay tribute to Liz Truss for her dedicated public service to the country. She has led with dignity and grace through a time of great change and under exceptionally difficult circumstances both at home and abroad.
”I am humbled and honoured to have the support of my parliamentary colleagues and to be elected as leader of the Conservative and Unionist Party.
“It is the greatest privilege of my life to be able to serve the party I live in and to give back to the country I owe so much to.”
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