Osborne is preparing to defend his job, not just his Budget

The Guardian has a headline this morning saying that George Osborne will come to the Commons to defend his Budget later today. It would be more accurate to say – as the paper goes on to do in the text of its article – that he is defending his career.

While it may not be altogether significant that a poll on This Blog found nearly 99 per cent of 1,182 respondents thought Osborne should resign as Chancellor – it’s a poll of visitors to the site and cannot be said to be scientifically balanced, it is significant that YouGov has found satisfaction with the Chance(llo)r to be at a low level also:


In brief, he’s facing wipeout as a political force.

And his Budget has turned the Conservative Party into a political farce.

George Osborne will come to the House of Commons today to launch a career-salvaging operation.

Last week’s budget arguably caused more damage to his party than any of the other seven he has delivered (even the “omnishambles” one did not trigger a major cabinet resignation) and this morning a YouGov poll for the Times has some damning figures on his current standing.

Osborne is reportedly planning to adopt a relatively chastened tone, admitting that the plan to cut the Personal Independent Payment (a disability benefit), which he has now abandoned, was a mistake. He also plans to praise Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned on Friday over the proposed PIP cut.

Source: Osborne prepares to defend budget as Ken Clare questions whether welfare cuts ruled out – Politics Live | Politics | The Guardian

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9 thoughts on “Osborne is preparing to defend his job, not just his Budget

  1. David

    Osborne: smug, arrogant and not as bright as he pretends to be should never have had his present job. He is a polit only capable of fighting other polits, not planning a country’s finances.

  2. joanna

    i’ve just been watching Parliament (14:30) and Osborne is sat back looking very relaxed, and smiling a lot, the opposition seems to be going very easy on him, and a cons back bencher has thanked Osborne for helping his business. Some justice!!!

    1. John

      I think you may be referring to Chris Phelps ? who was sat behind the chancellor. I think he always comes across as a quick-fire bully, who seems to always have an answer for everything. Don’t like the man at all, and I found his performance this afternoon a bit of a laugh tbh.

  3. NMac

    If Gideon Osborne remains the Tory infighting will continue. If that is the case let him remain.

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