Rishi Sunak is in trouble for letting his dog off a lead.
The prime minister got stern words from the police for apparently breaking rules in a central London park.
What an embarrassing gaffe - but that's the only thing he's done, right?
Well having only been an MP for seven years, he hasn't had as many opportunities as others to make a fool of himself and for skeletons to come clattering out of his closet as other politicians.
Not as many opportunities, but still some and we've found quite a few occasions where the new prime minister has managed to put his foot firmly in his mouth.
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Here is a roundup of Sunak's biggest gaffes and most cringeworthy moments. Enjoy.
1. When he told children he was a "coke addict"
It goes without saying in a social media age that saying things that can be clipped and circulated out of context is a certified Bad Idea.
Someone didn't tell Sunak that, and last year a clip of the politician talking about being a "total coke addict" resurfaced and went viral.
He was talking about Coca-Cola in an effort to connect to two teenagers on a school visit in 2019, and he quickly realised his mistake and corrected himself.
Still, pretty embarrassing
2. When he said he orders a McDonald's item that doesn't exist
We take you away from your fizzy drink now to some fast food to go with it and in August this year, Sunak put on his man of the people act to the test on This Morning where he was asked about a photo snapped of him in McDonald's.
He said he was buying "bacon roll with ketchup and pancakes" which was a normal answer but flew too close to the sun when he added: "If I'm with my daughters we get the [breakfast] wrap with hash brown and everything in it."
The problem? The wrap was permanently taken off the menu in January 2022...
3. When he didn't know how to use a contactless card
He managed to use a contactless card correctly to order his bacon roll - indeed he posted the pic of him at the fast-food chain that led to that awkward interview on his own Instagram.
But this was an attempt to reclaim the upper hand after another PR disaster when he was filmed struggling with the very normal payment method in March this year while promoting his spring statement last year.
It also emerged that he borrowed someone's car to take photos of him filling it with petrol, so overall it was one of Sunak's most gaffey days out on the town.
\u201cOh don\u2019t you start the ridiculous photo ops at every turn. It\u2019s vain,dull and wasted your time and our money. Actions speak louder than poses.\u201d— Deborah Meaden \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Deborah Meaden \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1648079772
4. When he rapped to colleagues
So no wonder he likes to let loose in his free time to unwind and during the summer contest an interesting vignette about Sunak emerged. The Sunday Times, reported that the former chancellor broke into song and bopped his head when he recited the first few bars from the 1990 Vanilla Ice anthem 'Ice, Ice, Baby' at a meeting.
His aides apparently "fell about laughing", so at least he's keeping some people happy.
5. When he shredded EU laws
He didn't keep people who voted Remain happy in August last year though when he posted an embarrassing video pledging to shred EU laws if chosen as the new PM.
Instead, people found it utterly cringe.
\u201cA new Brexit delivery unit.\n\nReviewing every EU law on our statute book.\n\nStarting in my first 100 days. \n\nLet\u2019s keep Brexit safe\ud83d\udc47 #Ready4Rishi https://t.co/3cXn1rFhca\u201d— Rishi Sunak (@Rishi Sunak) 1659955044
6. When he spoke about 'working class friends'
It is probably better to be cringe than out of touch, though. And people accused Sunak of being the latter during his leadership bid when a video resurfaced of him admitting he didn't have any working-class friends.
"I have friends who are aristocrats, I have friends who are upper class, I have friends who are, you know, working class, but... well, not working class," he can be heard saying in 'Middle Classes: Their Rise & Sprawl', a 2001 BBC documentary.
It proved very controversial and resurfaced when he was elected as the new leader of the Tory party.
7. When he tried to speak Welsh
From alienating working-class people to alienating Wales, Sunak left people cringing when he attempted to speak Welsh during a leadership hustings in summer 2022.
In Cardiff, he said: "noswaith dda Welsh conservatives" - meaning "good evening Welsh Conservatives" - before looking incredibly chuffed with himself and saying "yep", with the air of someone who thinks they've completely nailed it.
\u201cRishi Sunak's David Brent-like "yep" after his attempt at Welsh is easily my highlight of the campaign\u201d— Graeme Demianyk (@Graeme Demianyk) 1659553070
8. When he struggled with geography
He didn't just act awkwardly in Wales though. In July 2022, during a Spectator TV interview, Sunak was quizzed on relations with the devolved nations and was asked if he'd be spending a lot of time in Scotland in order to build a better United Kingdom.
"I think people can already see that I take that seriously...I was the chancellor who set up an economic campus for the government and the treasury in Darlington," he responded.
Darlington, of course, is in England. It is up north in Durham so at least it is kinda near Scotland. It is not Scotland, though. Can't stress that enough.
9. When he handed out sunscreen to political journalists
With Scots and Welsh people probably a bit miffed, he thought it was pretty important to get journalists on side to defend him. So during his summer electoral campaign, his team gave care packages to those covering him.
Of course, sunscreen and a Twix aren't enough to make a journalist think you are a good politician but if his team wants to send indy100 some chocolate, we won't turn it down.
\u201cTeam Rishi brought the lobby a little care package for the road. Can of pop, finger of twix and branded factor 30.\u201d— Mikey Smith (@Mikey Smith) 1658395843
10. When he struggled to spell
In return for the snacks, maybe journalists could teach Sunak to spell because in October 2021, he posted a photo of himself on Twitter preparing for his Conservative Party conference speech.
“Practise makes perfect” he announced, sharing a link for eager viewers who wanted to tune into the speech.
It is PRACTICE, Sunak.
Around a year on, Sunak's skills had not improved and during a hustings he sat with a promotional banner spelling ‘campaign’ as ‘campiaign’ behind him.
\u201cRishi Sunak's closing statement boasting of his own "competence" and "seriousness" would have been more effective were he not sitting in front of a sign which misspells the word 'campaign'.\u201d— Adam Bienkov (@Adam Bienkov) 1657891453
11. When he bragged out taking money out of "deprived urban areas"
By far the most damaging episode in Sunak's leadership campaign though was when a video of him emerged of him bragging about taking money out of "deprived" areas.
In footage obtained exclusively by the New Statesman, Sunak is shown addressing Tories in Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent, on July 29 2022 and saying areas like it "deserve" more cash.
He said: "I managed to start changing the funding formulas, to make sure areas that like this are getting the funding that they deserve because we inherited a bunch of formulas from Labour that shoved all the funding into deprived urban areas and that needed to be undone.
"I started the work of undoing that."
\u201cEXCLUSIVE: In a leaked video, Rishi Sunak boasted to Conservative Party members that he was prepared to take public money out of \u201cdeprived urban areas\u201d to help wealthy towns.\n\n@REWearmouth reports: https://t.co/uZMpjKm6rG\u201d— The New Statesman (@The New Statesman) 1659689412
Tunbridge Wells, in Kent, has a Conservative majority of 14,645 and has been held by the party since its creation in 1974. In 2020 it was ranked Kent's least deprived county, according to the government's own figures from the Multiple Deprivation Index.
12. When he strolled around Wagamama's without a mask
Let us travel out of Kent now and go back in time to 2020 to the coronavirus pandemic when Sunak promoted the Eat Out to Help Out scheme by serving food at the Wagamama restaurant at Royal Festival Hall - without a mask.
What a PR move...
\u201cGreat to pop down to @wagamama_uk after the statement today.\n\nThey\u2019ve already bought more than 2,000 staff back from furlough and will be one of the many restaurants to benefit from the VAT cut and \u2018Eat Out to Help Out\u2019 vouchers.\u201d— Rishi Sunak (@Rishi Sunak) 1594227832
13. When he punched the air during his (first) Tory leadership campaign
But people forgave him and he carried on in politics and when Sunak found out he had reached the final two in the race to replace Johnson in the summer, he punched the air with glee and for some reason circulated that footage.
14. When his first Tory leader speech became an instant meme
Despite all these gaffes, Sunak became the leader of the Tory party in Autumn 2022. He got things off to a bad start though, when he delivered an 86-second speech that sparked robot comparisons because his delivery was so clunky and he paused for an incredibly awkward length of time at the end.
15. When he asked a homeless man about working in finance
People criticised Sunak last Christmas because of the way he interacted with a homeless person.
The prime minister visited a homeless shelter in London run by the Passage on Friday, December 23, and handed out breakfast to people.
He met a man called Dean and asked him how he was. "Hungry," Dean replied.
After Sunak prepared him a Full English, Sunak asked Dean if he "worked in business".
Dean explained that he was "homeless" but said he was "interested in business".
That perked Sunak up who said he "used to work in finance" and said jobs in finance were now spreading across the UK and not just concentrated in London.
Is that something you'd like to get in to?" Sunak asked Dean.
"I wouldn't mind," Dean said, adding: "I'd like to get through Christmas first".
Sunak then asked Dean what his Christmas plans were, to which Dean said he was hoping to find temporary accommodation to get him off the streets.
16. When he broke the law by not wearing a seatbelt
Earlier this year, the prime minister was fined by police for posting a video of himself on social media failing to wear a seatbelt in a moving car. Sunak apologised for “an error of judgment” and was handed a fixed-penalty notice by Lancashire police for the offence.
A spokesperson for Lancashire Police said at the time: "You will be aware that a video has been circulating on social media showing an individual failing to wear a seat belt while a passenger in a moving car in Lancashire.
"After looking into this matter, we have today (Friday, January 20th) issued a 42-year-old man from London with a conditional offer of fixed penalty."
It was not the first fine he paid to the police, of course. Last year, while serving as chancellor in Boris Johnson’s government, he was fined £50 for attending a party that broke Covid-19 lockdown rules, along with Johnson.
17. When he got scolded by the police about his dog
That brings us today when Sunak came a cropper due to Tiktok.
In a clip posted on TikTok, Sunak’s two-year-old labrador retriever, Nova, is seen wandering around Hyde Park an area where signs state that dogs must be kept on leads to avoid disturbing the local wildlife.
In reference to the video, the Metropolitan police force said: “An officer, who was present at the time, spoke to a woman and reminded her of the rules,” apparently referring to Sunak’s wife Akshata Murty.
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