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According to No 10, Rishi Sunak’s speech will be on the subject of innovation.

Unusually, Downing Street did not release any extracts in advance. But Sunak may have given a foretaste of what we will hear in his speech to the Conservative party conference in 2021. It is one of the speeches that reveals most what motivates Sunak as a politcian, and he talked about how inspired he was by his time in California, and its embrace of innovation. He told the conference:

I believe that the only sustainable route out of poverty comes from having a good job. It’s not just the pounds it puts in your pockets. It’s the sense of worth and self-confidence it gives you. So I will do whatever I can to protect people’s livelihoods, and create new opportunities too.

And when it comes to those new opportunities, I am very much a child of my time. I spent the formative years of my…

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This article was written by Andrew Sparrow and originally published on