Rishi Sunak has been mocked online after a video resurfaced of him telling school pupils he is a “total coke addict” before clarifying he meant Coca-Cola and not cocaine.
In the footage, the chancellor can be seen telling two schoolboys: “I’m a Coke addict. A total Coke addict.”
After a brief pause he clarifies: “Coca-Cola addict. Just for the record. Just to be totally clear. I am a Coca-Cola addict. I have seven fillings to show for it.”
He then goes to some length to explain his fondness for the fizzy beverage: “So now, I could get in trouble. I genuinely do have seven fillings because I got through a lot of the stuff when I was young, which is very bad, so people should not... don’t do that.
“But I now have one a week. I’m only allowed one a week now. So I’m an enormous Coca-Cola fan. No Diet Coke. No Coke Zero. Never any Pepsi.
“Actually my favourite drink is not even Coke it’s called Mexican Coke. It’s special Coke. It’s the only place in the world where Coke is made with cane sugar rather than high fructose corn syrup, for the people who are really interested in this kind of thing.”
However, the chancellor’s remarks may not stand up to scrutiny, with The Mirror reporting that it is apparently a myth that Mexican Coke is the only variety with cane sugar.
The paper said Coca-Cola lists the drink as being flavoured with sugar in several countries including the United Kingdom.
The clip was shared by the Twitter account Accidental Patridge, which highlights moments which bring to mind the awkward Norwich-based DJ.