As Chancellor, George Osborne spent the least time of anyone in the Treasury sorting out the economy. Ever the delegator, he left that minor job to someone else. He was tied up with the important stuff, permanent manoeuvres to ensure that he succeeded David Cameron as PM. Smoozing, threatening, devoting hours every week to cultivating Tory back-benchers and ingratiating himself with allies in the Press, this was the work that really mattered.
Rupert Harrison, Osbo’s Chief of Staff, was “the real Chancellor”. When Harrison left, the economy went A over T. Now Harrison turns on his old boss to slaughter George for an attitude to Brexit that is “too gloomy and over the top”. Continue reading
Osbo has accepted the job of Editor of the London Standard, but his editor role has not been approved by the advisory committee on business appointments (Acoba). So indignant are his constituents and others, a petition on site 38 degrees gathered momentum over Saturday with over 100,000 signatures.The organisers of the petition wrote on the page: ‘It’s not appropriate for someone to be a member of the government and also control a huge amount of the media.” Continue reading
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According to journalist Peter Oborne, no Chancellor has ever spent less time at the Treasury than George Osborne. Check it out! Oborne explains that besides his custodianship of the national finances, Osbo is the de facto chief Tory strategist, chief European negotiator and the eminence grise behind the Yes campaign to keep Britain in Europe.
Osbo with the “real Chancellor” Rupert Harrison
Meanwhile, he is on permanent manoeuvres to ensure that he succeeds David Cameron as Prime Minister, devoting hours every week to cultivating Tory back-benchers and ingratiating himself with allies in the Press. Continue reading