Multimillionaire Conservative leadership candidate Jeremy Hunt had somewhat of a meltdown during a BBC radio interview with Jeremy Vine, after the host described him as the "richest man in Cabinet".
"My salary while I was was running my business was a lot lower than your salary now. I am not in Cabinet…That fact may or may not be true, I’ve no idea . This is the politics of envy. A lot of people would say if we start labelling people like that…in a way which says that kind of thing…is not a compliment, we are not going to be a successful country,” Hunt raged.
In response, a slightly bewildered Vine suggested his comments had been a “compliment”, and a testament to the success of his time in business - "I was just pointing out you were a business person who made some money that is all," he said.
Hunt was having none of the host’s pardon however, refusing to believe Vine’s intent was flattery. It would be at least a minute of extremely awkward airtime before Hunt relented, and said that if Vine had "really meant it as a compliment", he’d take it - although his acceptance was not without bitter caveats.
"Thank you Jeremy for instead of saying I was successful and set up a business and created 200 jobs that you said I was the richest man in Cabinet. And if that was meant as a compliment - which I somehow doubt - then thank you for that very generous compliment," he sneered.