George Osborne Named 'Briton Of The Year' By The Times Newspaper
Huffington Post almost faints in astonishment as it reports that 'Boy' George isBritain of 2013for finally getting around to doing his job. That the Guardian chose their Edward Snowden was no surprise. I expect him to have Sponsored by the Guardian advertised on all his clothing.
But George? Man of 2013?
If I'd been asked I'd have said Denis McShane would have been more likely.
George Osborne has been named "Briton of the Year" for setting "the
terms of political debate" with his austerity agenda and being "partly
vindicated" by the onset of economic growth, says the Huffpuff,using all their own air quotes of disbelief.
And the Huffpo is right to point that out. When the Times has to use justifications such as 'partly' and 'setting the terms of the debate' its clear a bit of shoehorning was needed to make the man fit the award. After all you could conceivably say the same about Miliband.
He certainly set the terms of the political debate for 3 months. And he can claim to have been partly vindicated on pretty much anything. Let's say 'foodbank poverty'.
And against, say, Andy Murray who ended the 77 years of Wimbledon hurt or One Direction's Harry Styles, who has probably done as much for the economy as the Chancellor, was Osborne a good choice?
Anyway- Something to think on. Does George Osborne deserve his award?