Personally I think that George Osborne is currently screaming with glee

He wanted to be a journalist straight out of uni. Failed to get onto The Times trainee scheme. Ended up freelancing (this is a code word on a gossip column, it means getting £50 for tips sent in, little stories heard at parties, yes, I’ve done it, a little bit) for Peterborough in the Telegraph.

Now he’s editor of The Evening Standard.

Yes, screaming with glee. And if push came to shove I’m sure it would be Bye Bye Tatton.

Now, as to whether he’s going to be any good at it……

16 comments on “Personally I think that George Osborne is currently screaming with glee

  1. I’m baffled about this decision, but it does suggest that newspapers aren’t exactly dead so much as in terminal decline when someone will just gift a job to someone with no experience.

    He’s a failed journalist, wonk and Cameron’s bag carrier. He held a seat which isn’t hard to hold. He failed to oppose any Labour spending in opposition and in charge, made things only fractionally better than Labour.

  2. The suggestion is that Osborne intends to use the newspaper as a vehicle to rally liberal left-of-centre London-centric Conservatives around him, as a weapon against May and the Tory Right – to further his political ambitions.

  3. Strange that the media didn’t make such a song and dance about Tristram Hunt jumping from politics to something he’d done earlier in his career too………………(no fan of Osborne btw)

  4. Osbourne is scum.

    That one of the London CM “aristocracy” will be given cushy jobs by their mates is no surprise. But to be given a newspaper to play with and puke Remain crap out of suggests that it is high time that such concentrations of wealth were looked at with a Murphy-style bilious eye.

    I think that the wealthy left have far from acquired all their wealth via the free market. And that another kind of very effective Purge could be organised by tracing down and ending those sources of income that the wealthy left enjoy via the state. Both thro direction of tax monies and plunder from state borrowing

  5. Regardless, owing to the severe and, IMHO irreconcilable conflicts of interest involved, he should be appointed to the Stewardship of The Chiltern Hundreds first thing Monday morning.

  6. Well, his constituency will cease to exist by the next election anyway—under the boundary review, Tatton ceases to exist.

    DK

  7. I just can’t avoid thinking that this is such a big story in the media and the huge amount of vitriol poured over him by loads of journalists is a huge amount odour grapes. ‘Who does he think he is swanning in to do a job I would love’.

    This is a matter for the newspaper’s owner and the voters of Tatton. Very talented people can do an amazing amount. Time will tell is Osbourne is any good. Personal I hope he is a success just to wind up all the carping journalists. He is ‘treating everyone with contempt’ according to the Mirror and ‘laughing at us’ says the Guardian. No he is treating YOU with contempt and laughing at YOU journalists, not me. He doesn’t give a shot about me.

    http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/politics/george-osborne-treating-every-single-10049555

    https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/mar/18/george-osborne-laughing-evening-standard-david-cameron

  8. The Evening Standard is given away free at my local Sainsburys with few takers.
    NME likewise.

  9. @Jim, March 18, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Strange that the media didn’t make such a song and dance about Tristram Hunt jumping from politics to something he’d done earlier in his career too

    Mr Hunt resigned – imho correctly – and a new MP was elected.

    Osborne, as so often before, shows utter contempt towards his constituents, the public and the HoC.

    May should tell him: resign or you will be expelled. He’s not loyal anyway, so no great loss.

  10. I don’t usually have a problem with MPs doing other jobs, it gets them experience and its between them and their constituents. However it does seem odd for a standing MP and Privy Councillor to be a newspaper editor.

  11. May should tell him: resign or you will be expelled. He’s not loyal anyway, so no great loss.

    The Tory party, the HoC Tory Party Whip or as an MP?

    The first two are internal discipline matters. Their problem.

    If you are suggesting the latter, there are erdogans of reasons why a Head of Government shouldn’t be able to sack a sitting elected politician.

  12. “The Evening Standard is given away free at my local Sainsburys with few takers.”

    Yes, and strewn around train seats. Editor of left-leaning rag literally given away to commuters. Triumph.

  13. @Jim

    Strange that the media didn’t make such a song and dance about Tristram Hunt jumping from politics to something he’d done earlier in his career too

    As far as I know Mr Hunt had never curated a museum let alone the V&A, so time will tell. But he has published historical studies. On the other hand, Osborne has never worked as an editor and has very little journalism experience. And, given that he supposedly represents Tatton, his declaration that his newspaper will represent London would make me annoyed if I lived in his constituency.

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