IT WAS A HARD KNOCK LIFE FOR RISHI!!

HE HAD IT TOUGH: GROWING UP WITHOUT SKY TV!!

Rishi Sunak has said that he went without “lots of things” as a child growing up in the UK, citing Sky TV as an example.

In an interview with ITV to be broadcast on Wednesday, the prime minister said a lot of sacrifices were made by his parents as education was their priority.

Pressed to give an example of something that he grew up without, Sunak said: “There’ll be all sorts of things that I would’ve wanted as a kid that I couldn’t have. Famously, Sky TV, so that was something that we never had growing up actually.”

I BET YOU FEEL BAD ABOUT CRITICISING HIM FOR SKIPPING OUT ON THE D DAY COMMEMORATIONS NOW DON’T YOU!!

IMAGINE!! NOT HAVING SKY TV!!

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/article/2024/jun/12/rishi-sunak-we…

Heh. Whatever he says or does now he is going to get pilloried but his upbringing was solidly middle class (with 'sacrifices' made to pay for public schooling) and that is not an unreasonable point to make. 

Ultimately he wasn't brought a prickly, out of touch, billionaire ar8ehole. That wasn't put on a plate for him. He has had to work at it! 

There's a real naivete here. I guess he means his parents refused to get sky as it was a distraction, not because they couldn't afford it, but it's so easy to spin this stuff against him. He needs an Alistair Campbell.

"Heh. Whatever he says or does now he is going to get pilloried but his upbringing was solidly middle class (with 'sacrifices' made to pay for public schooling) and that is not an unreasonable point to make"

Its a completely unreasonable tone deaf point to make.   Charactarising a parental decision not to get Sky so he could focus on his Westminster schooling is NOT a material hardship.  He should have just answered that he has been very lucky and not suffered material hardship.  

he shouldn't have tried to make out he was deprived - he could have said, I appreciate that we were very lucky compared to many people - I did miss not having sky tv as a kid but obviously that wasn't a big deal in the scheme of things (or something)  

 

He wasn't asked for an example of material hardship. He was asked for something he grew up without. He was making the point his parents made sacrifices to send him and his siblings to private schools. It's pretty clear that doing so was a huge financial commitment for them relative to their means. 

He obviously had a very comfortable middle class upbringing though. 

Yes but there is the meaning and there is the very obvious spin that will be put on it which demonstrates, yet again not only how bad Rishi is at all this but how badly he is being advised. 

THEY LIKE TO TALK ABOUT THE COST OF LIVING CRISIS AND POINT FINGERS… BUT DO THEY KNOW WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GROW UP WITHOUT SKY WHEN ALL YOUR CHUMS AT WINCHESTER HAVE SKY AND YOU DON’T EVEN THOUGH YOU KEPT ON ASKING MUMMY AND DADDY FOR SKY?!?

he should have just answered then that while his parents were not super wealthy they worked hard and made sacrifices so he did not grow up without anything of importance.

really?  I recall sky was looked down on at that time and the middle classes studiously avoided it whereas there was a satellite dish on every council house.

Poshos didn't want sky as it was seen as a working class done good thing

No dishi suncuck is so out of touch it's unreal 

Will he even get 3 votes? I am presuming he, risky and his wife will vote for him 

not only did we (obviously) not have Sky, we weren't allowed to watch ITV

one of my good friends (who was in fact top scholar at Winchester) didn't have a TV at all

the biggest problem for Rishi now is that his dreams for a california tech bro job are severely diminished by how badly he has tarnished his brand with his terrible premiership and this Theresa May level election campaign 

I agree with Guy on this one. Sky TV was looked down on by many middle class, educated people well into the 90s (I remember it). 

He also grew up in an Indian household - I suspect they looked down on it even more. Many Indian parents at that time had a rep for being strict and ultra-snobbish (remember that couple on Goodness Gracious Me). 

Even if they could have afforded it (which is possible) I suspect they wouldn’t. 

You can’t watch the cricket without sky/pay for tv! That’s been the case (for overseas test matches) since the 1990 wi tour. 

Bringing ball by ball test match cricket on tv to the English winter was a master stroke 

At today’s prices, his parents would have to have foregone more than 400 years of the most expensive Sky package, to send dear Rishi to Winchester for 5 years.

This on the same level of delusion as the“cancel your avocados and you can buy a house” argument.

LOL at not allowed to watch ITV, I'd forgotten about that as a thing but it really was. See also, checking on BBC if something's reported via ITV news, just to make sure it's true.

In the latest instalment of the usual election struggle olympics, in which Sunak has been mocked for saying he didn’t have Sky when he was a child, the Greens have provided their examples for the public to judge. 

Co-leader Carla Denyer said her family had second-hand cars throughout most of her childhood. A terrible burden that’s shared by 82% of passenger vehicles right now… 

Adrian Ramsay had an even better one: he wasn’t allowed pets until he forced his parents to relent. Anyone have a tissue?

My Mum was religious and threw out the TV when I was aged 5, because of all the alleged sex thereon.  So I never got to see TOTP.  That was awkward at school, but I just learned to deflect; and then I found you could get the charts on the radio anyway, and so I ended up knowing rather more about pop music than if we had had a TV.  I remember when Mum relented, 10 years later, I turned on the TV, looking for all the sex.  Of course, nothing.  

I had to hide my Kerrang magazines from my dad after he found one (in my pocket)  with a picture of Lita Forde in her knickers on the front page and went mental that I had porn mags... 

We weren't allowed one in our holiday home on the West coast.. except when mum and all her mates wanted to watch Diana's wedding, so, she drove home, collected the tv, brought it back and then the next day, she drove home with it again.

The extraordinary effort to make sure I wasn't hanging around the house all day with my mates (whose parents had the same rule on TVs in the holiday homes).

I missed Live Aid!!