It would have been too much to hope that George Osborne would retire from politics, write his memoirs and infest the board of some mean-spirited corporate exploiter like his friend David Cameron.
But his Northern Powerhouse project is a busted flush, so if he wants to waste his time on it, let him.
It is to his credit that he has decided to stick it out on the back benches, but This Writer’s instincts suggest that Mr Osborne is simply trying to find another way to make a profit from it.
George Osborne says he will stay in the Commons to “fight for the things I care about” as he launches a think tank to promote his Northern Powerhouse plan.
There had been a “bit of a wobble” by Mrs May over the project, he said.
No 10 says Mrs May is building on his plan to create a northern economy to rival London and the South East.
The MP for Tatton in Cheshire returned to the back benches following Mrs May’s cabinet reshuffle, and said chairing the new body – the Northern Powerhouse Partnership – would “now be a major focus of my political energies”.
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