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Watch: Labour tease Sunak over Musk meeting

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PMQs on the day of the Autumn Statement is a bit like a firework-free Bonfire Night. But a moment of humour was offered today by a ritual bit of Musk-mocking over Rishi Sunak’s one-to-one with the Twitter CEO at Bletchley Park. Labour’s Daniel Zeichner popped up at this afternoon’s session to hurl this zinger at our self-regarding ‘tech-bro’ PM:

A few weeks ago, the world cringed at the Prime Minister’s fawning welcome for Elon Musk, and this week advertisers are fleeing Musk’s platform after his latest vile outburst. So what exactly did the Prime Minister think he might learn from an unelected, super rich individual who has taken over a once-successful organisation and plunged it into a death spiral?

Sadly though the joke appeared to be a little lost on the Prime Minister. Amid laughs across the House, he could only retort:

Mr Speaker, it is striking for the honourable member from Cambridge of all places to absolutely not understand the importance of technology sectors in companies to the growth of our economy. Absolutely extraordinary.

Well, if things do go belly up for the Tory government next year, Mr S is certain that Sunak won’t have too much trouble finding a job across the pond…

You can watch the exchange here:

Credit: Parliament TV

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