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How can George Osborne hold down another job?

PUBLISHED: 19:00 19 March 2017

George Osborne will become the new editor of the Evening Standard. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

George Osborne will become the new editor of the Evening Standard. Picture: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Two weeks ago, Chancellor Philip Hammond noted that this was his last Spring Budget as from now on budgets would be in autumn, writes Ipswich Borough Council leader David Ellesmere.

George Osborne has taken on his sixth job. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA WireGeorge Osborne has taken on his sixth job. Picture: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

He also joked that the last Chancellor to try and do this was sacked within weeks.

That probably doesn’t seem quite so funny now given the almighty mess-up he has made of his first Budget.

There is now a £2 billion hole in the Government’s finances following the humiliating u-turn over National Insurance Contributions.

The increase in NICs was clearly a breach of a promise made in the Conservative election manifesto.

Twenty-seven supposedly intelligent ministers - who all stood on this manifesto less than two years ago - attend Cabinet meetings, but not one of them recognised this when the Budget was presented to them.

These are the people who are going to be negotiating Brexit on our behalf.

On the same theme, David Davis, the minister responsible for negotiating Brexit last week admitted that when Theresa May said: “no deal is better than a bad deal”, this was on the basis of no evidence whatsoever.

The Government hasn’t bothered to do an analysis of the impact of coming out of Europe without a deal. It could be OK. It could be very bad. They just don’t know.

But that is their fallback position if they mess up the Brexit negotiations.

You’d be forgiven for thinking that they are just making this up as they go along.

It’s not as if Conservative MPs are devoting all their time to the biggest issue facing our country.

Look at George Osborne, who has just announced his sixth job.

He will now edit the London Evening Standard for four days a week - salary unknown, experience nil.

This is on top of his £650,000 job for an investment firm plus his £800,000-a-year speaking engagements, lecturing at the University of Arizona and chairing the “Northern Powerhouse Partnership”.

Oh, and he’s also an MP getting paid £75,000 each year by you and me.

There’s no way he can do all these jobs and represent his constituents properly.

He should resign as an MP now.


  • This is important stuff because Gideon has 6 jobs including full time MP on a really good wage paid for by taxpayers, and full time editor of a newspaper that will be commenting on the Government he's part of! He's also an advisor to a financial firm whilst sitting on a number of select committees directly related to the work Blackrock undertake. It beggars belief but it's no wonder he wants to stay an MP. And whilst we currently we have huge numbers of complaints about the lack of an effective opposition, when an opposition politician does voice what I consider to be a quite legitimate concern, people tell him to mind his own business!

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    paul e.

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • And Labour MPs never ever have had second jobs Mr Elsewhere? And what about Ken Livingstone's NIC advoidance company, through which he puts all his fees from his 'extramural' activities, thereby avoiding full NICs and the higher rate of income tax? Typical leftie hypocrisy

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • and this has what to do with Ipswich?

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    M Prime

    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Appalling as this is, it's put in the shade by his taking a very highly-paid (and VERY part-time) job with BlackRock, a financial services company which made a killing out of his (at the time) inexplicable decision to let people take the money out of their pension pots to do with as they wanted. And now we know why he did it.

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Whilst I do question whether it is right for any politician to take on such a high profile position I agree with mr_tall. Mr Ellesmere is supposedly leader of IBC, if he is doing that job properly [looking at the state of Ipswich as a town that is questionable!] he doesn't have time to write articles for newspapers. Gross hypocrisy, the man should resign immediately.

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    Monday, March 20, 2017

  • Why is this paper allowing a labour politician to write about an opposition MP and the party. Whatever your views that's wrong and not impartial. Oh and this is a local paper for Suffolk so why write a piece of news on a Cheshire MP that has nothing to do with Suffolk. Totally irrelevant and utter hypocrisy as I can't see the response from the talked about Cheshire MP.

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