When Rishi Sunak, MBA ’06, was selected prime minister of Great Britain in October, he succeeded Liz Truss, whose brief tenure the Economist famously compared to the shelf life of lettuce. Meanwhile, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, MA ’93, has been serving as prime minister of Greece since 2019, or approximately 133 times the lifespan of refrigerated romaine. We put the PMs’ perks head-to-head to see how they stacked up.
Sunak: 10 Downing Street
Mitsotakis: Maximos Mansion
Winner: Mitsotakis. The name of the manse itself would convey power even if there weren’t a sculpture called Minotaur in the living room.
Sunak: Larry the cat, the official chief mouser of 10 Downing Street, who has chased off a fox.
Mitsotakis: Peanut, an adopted stray dog, who once bit minister of state Akis Skertsos.
Winner: Sunak. Larry performs above his pay grade.
Words to Live By
Sunak: The motto of the British monarch, widely applied to the country at large, is Dieu et mon droit (“God and my right”).
Mitsotakis: Greece’s national motto is Eleftheria i thanatos (“Freedom or death”).
Winner: Mitsotakis. Dear Great Britain, people think it’s weird to have your motto written in a foreign language. Trust us on this one.
Sunak: Chequers Court, a 16th-century country house on 1,500 acres, with 10 bedrooms, an indoor pool in the Orangery, and a putting green.
Mitsotakis: Access to the Parliament staff riding coach (no horses, alas) and a lawmakers’ gym.
Winner: Sunak. Clearly.
Sunak: Became the butt of #MildlyCurseRishiSunak jokes, in which Brits wished upon the PM a lifetime of such inconveniences as catching his sleeve on a door handle.
Mitsotakis: Bared half of his torso when he doffed his dress shirt for a COVID vaccine. The crowd went wild.
Summer Batte, ’99, is the editor of Stanfordmag.org. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Images from top left: 10 Downing Street/UK Government; European People’s Party/Creative Commons; Matti/Wikimedia Commons; Her Majesty’s Government; Yevhen Borysov/Getty Images; Cnbrb/Creative Commons; 4zevar/Getty Images