Met a bloke in a pub once who offered me a job

The former chancellor George Osborne’s family wallpaper business has said that Brexit added £400,000 to its costs, as the company’s sales slid more than 16% during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Osborne & Little, which is controlled by Osborne’s father, Sir Peter Osborne, said the UK’s exit from the EU had “an immediate adverse effect on profits” from January 2021, with unforeseen costs such as increased shipping payments and taxes on EU goods imported to the UK before being exported back to Europe.

The Old Green Tree in Bath, I was about to go up to London as a student and bloke offered me a job in that firm – weekends, etc – to help me pay my way.

Just one of those little events of life – didn’t take it of course, I was at that time and extremely good waiter. Something which is a rare enough skill – being a good one that is – and so I got very well paid for being one.

8 thoughts on “Met a bloke in a pub once who offered me a job”

  1. I’m surprised the Guardian allowed this line to slip through:

    Despite the Brexit problems, Osborne & Little moved to a pre-tax profit of £558,000 from a pre-tax loss of £542,000 a year before as it cut costs elsewhere, including reducing staff numbers.

  2. @Andy France

    You shouldn’t be surprised – the Guardian doesn’t give a toss about staff being chopped as against a chance to bash Brexit (for me, Brexit has receded into the far background as an issue of concern given what else is going on, though I think it is probably linked to the Covid situation in various ways, but the Guardian is full of true believers).

    ‘taxes on EU goods imported to the UK before being exported back to Europe’ – weird how George was so opposed to it, too.

  3. I’m surprised George Osborne, a man so well versed in financial matters, wouldn’t advise his own father that the firm might face some additional costs. Have they fallen out?

  4. Slim pickings on TJN so far today Tim. Mere reiteration of his calls for lockdowns and obviously he fell out with the Tax Justice Network in a big way. His calculation of the National Debt as ‘not including QE’ is probably worth a comment but only if you haven’t previously pointed out his idiocy

  5. . . . I was at that time and extremely good waiter.

    My mind wandered the path between then and now and I’m pretty sure I heard “yes you did, you invaded Poland” along the way.

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