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Rishi Sunak, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has opted not to categorically dismiss the possibility of Boris Johnson making a return to political prominence. This development comes amid rising tensions and criticisms from various quarters, including British rocker Rod Stewart, who, at 79, expressed strong disapproval of the “lying public schoolboy” image associated with Boris Johnson. Stewart went on to advocate for a change in leadership, urging the Conservatives to vacate No10 and proposing that Keir Starmer and the Labour Party be given an opportunity to govern.

In an extensive interview with The Times, Stewart, who returned to the UK after residing in Los Angeles for three decades, discussed his disillusionment with the Conservatives and his observation of their actions. Despite initially liking Boris Johnson as a “good figurehead,” Stewart criticized him for being a “lying public schoolboy” and expressed disappointment in the lack of improvement since.

This criticism marks a shift in Stewart’s stance from June 2023 when he confessed to being a “bit of a fan” of Boris Johnson, appreciating his charisma despite acknowledging past misleading statements. The rocker’s evolving viewpoint raises questions about Johnson’s potential comeback, with Stewart humorously suggesting that Johnson might benefit from consulting him given his history of comebacks.

Stewart, a self-proclaimed “long-time Tory,” previously surprised Sky News viewers by participating in a live phone-in about the NHS Crisis. During the call, he advocated for the government to step down and give the Labour Party an opportunity. Additionally, he offered to personally fund hospital scans for patients facing long waiting lists, emphasizing his commitment to making a positive impact, told The Independent.

The musician’s sense of duty to the British public, heightened by his knighthood from Prince William in 2016, motivates him to contribute positively. He expressed a desire to fulfill the responsibilities associated with knighthood, stating, “I’m a knight — I should do some f***ing good!” Stewart’s philanthropic endeavors extend beyond his public image, as evident in his support for the Prostate Project and European Tour Foundation.

In 2019, Stewart received widespread praise for publicly sharing his successful battle against prostate cancer after three years of private treatment. Addressing the audience at a fundraising event, he encouraged men to prioritize their health and undergo regular medical check-ups, stressing the importance of early detection.

As Rod Stewart prepares for the release of his upcoming album, “Swing Fever,” a collaboration with Jools Holland, on February 23, his multifaceted involvement in societal issues, political commentary, and philanthropy underscores the complexities of a legendary figure who transcends the realm of music.

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