Is Osborne’s Brexit budget an invitation to get rid of him?

Not in the pilot's seat: George Osborne and Alistair Darling, who he appears to have taken for a ride.

Not in the pilot’s seat: George Osborne and Alistair Darling, who he appears to have taken for a ride.

There’s only one problem with George Osborne’s heroic speech: We all want to take it at face value and kick him out of office.

He’s talking about doing the responsible thing in the face of a Brexit shock to the UK economy – but economists don’t think it is responsible at all; they’re saying, “Wait.”

And we all know how badly wrong Osborne’s instincts have been in the past; the UK is still in the throes of the longest and most painfully-drawn-out economic recovery in our country’s long history.

He has missed every economic target he ever set himself. He has more than doubled the national debt – that’s not something he can blame on Labour; the choices were all his own.

Now he is taunting us with another stupid plan, saying: “We do this, or you can sack me.”

Bye bye, George.

George Osborne has said the fight to keep Britain in the EU is bigger than his own political career, after at least 58 Conservative MPs indicated his position would be untenable if Britain voted to leave the EU.

Their opposition means it would be impossible for Osborne to get an emergency budget through the House of Commons, given that the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn, made clear he would never support an austerity budget.

It also means it will be very difficult for Osborne to survive in his job if the country votes to leave the EU. Even if the UK votes to remain, his leadership hopes have already been wounded by U-turns over tax credits and disability benefit cuts, and the animosity of much of the Conservative grassroots towards Downing Street’s campaign to stay in.

Pressed on whether it would spell the end of his own career, Osborne said: “It’s not about one politician, it’s not about one political career … This is about the future of our country, about who we are as a country.

“What’s the point of getting involved in public life if you’re not prepared to fight for the things you think are really important to our country and its future, its standing in the world and for jobs and prosperity?

“And I tell you there is only one thing worse than not passing a budget like that and that’s not passing a budget to deal with that situation and sending the economy into a tailspin.”

Source: Osborne on ropes after ‘punishment budget’ plan infuriates Tory MPs | Politics | The Guardian


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2 thoughts on “Is Osborne’s Brexit budget an invitation to get rid of him?

  1. Justin G

    it is about time that any government realises that they need to have responsible people with the right qualifications and the right experience for roles like this, they should be held accountable for there decisons, there pay should be linked to performance, there should be regular reviews of there role, hey should have to put forward a portfolio for the position and then be interviewed along with any other prospective candidates by a independant panel of interviewers and lastly in a role like this they should be more focused on the role and not necessarily on a political framework, otherwise they are going to get distracted from there actual role and therefore make mistakes like the excellent deal they made with a big internet company that was good for england, so good that they accepted it straight away, where as other countries decided to have a closer look at the books and decide otherwise.

    in short roles where there high degrees of accountability ie nhs, dwp, exchequer,defence, etc they need to be run by people with qualifications and experience who do the job not make mistakes and then mumble there way through there mistakes and then make them again, put this another way if this was a top banking firm and this person worked for them, would they still be employed? it not hard to work out the answer to that, you dont even need to have a pass in maths for that answer!

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