Once Upon a Time there was a Boy Called Gideon……

28 Mar

‘Gideon has done very well for himself and is now the Chancellor of the Exchequer.  This is the story of how he got there……’

2 + 2 = 5

2 + 2 = 5

Gideon Oliver Osborne was born on 23 May 1971.  He assumed the office of the Chancellor of the Exchequer in May 2010 after his party didn’t win the election.  He was 39 years old, making him the youngest Chancellor since Randolph Churchill in 1886 with whom he shares many privileged similarities……

Gideon became George when he was 13.  Interviewed in 2005 he explained the reason for the change; “It was my small act of rebellion. I never liked it. When I finally told my mother she said, ‘Nor do I’.  So I decided to be George after my grandfather, who was a war hero. Life was easier as a George; it was a straightforward name.”  Reading between the lines this ‘act of rebellion’ probably had more to do with being bullied, after all he’s a bit of a drip now so one can only imagine what he was like as a child but I’m sure he’s no stranger to having his head flushed down the toilets……

Holding the second most important office in government and taking the difficult decisions that profoundly and disproportionately affect some the most vulnerable members of our society, you might assume that Gideon is a specialist in economics and may have even had some personal experience of hardship.  He has neither.

Gideon comes from the aristocracy.  He is the heir apparent to the Osborne baronetcy.  He is the eldest son of Sir Peter Osborne, the 17th Baronet.  He was privately educated at St Paul’s School in Barnes and NorlandPlaceSchool in HollandPark, after which he was given a form of scholarship called a demyship to MagdalenCollege at the University of Oxford where he received a 2:1 bachelor’s degree in modern history.  It was while at Oxford that he met many of his future colleagues such as David Cameron and Boris Johnson as a member of the Bullingdon Club.  After graduating in 1992, Gideon did a few part-time jobs including as a data entry clerk, typing the details of recently deceased into a NHS computer database. He also briefly worked for a week at Selfridges, mainly re-folding towels.

In 1993 his failed attempt to become a journalist was interrupted by the knowledge, provided by a friend, that a vacancy was available for a researcher at Conservative Central Office, which his experience of politics and résumé landed him the job.  From there on he progressed to become a Special Advisor, Speech Writer and ran his Bullingdon Club friend, David Cameron’s successful challenge to become the leader of the Conservative Party……

I am not implying that his privileged education and contacts in positions of power within the Conservative Party had any influence on him becoming the Chancellor of the Exchequer but it is no coincidence.  Whether you accept it or not, the disproportional demographic of the Cabinet is undeniable……

So now Gideon has made it to the second most important office in politics how is he performing and does he have any grasp on how the decisions he makes affects the ‘man in the street’?  Well, so far he has had to face an embarrassing combination of U-turns and policy rewrites, policies that have failed to deliver an economic recovery, the lowering of taxes for the richest 10% of society including lowering corporation tax and the failure of his policies to reduce the budget deficit, despite what they may say to the contrary.  He has failed to deliver any control over the banking sector and the reductions imposed on departmental spending is having a profound affect on the most vulnerable in our society……

In my opinion he would not be the Chancellor of the Exchequer were it not for his family and political connections, he has little understanding of economics and his steadfast refusal to consider any other course of action than the ‘plan A’ decided in 2010 which is causing stagnation in our economy which, he continually blames on external factors such as the Euro-zone crisis and the mess that the Labour Government left behind.  You can only blame your predecessor and world events for your failures for so long before your own incompetence comes under scrutiny.  Gideon is disconnected from the real world by the substantial fortunes of his own privileged family and lack of experience in the real world and poses a threat the recovery of the British economy, not this will have any impact on Gideon’s personal wealth……

‘It is time to reconsider the choice of Chancellor of the Exchequer.  Perhaps replacing him with somebody who has a real grasp of economics and can recover our countries wealth from the people who can afford to pay it, rather than penalising the ‘hard working tax payer’ who did not cause the collapse of the banking system with their risky repackaging of sub-prime debt and worthless bonds……’

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One Response to “Once Upon a Time there was a Boy Called Gideon……”

  1. Tamar Bakkala April 10, 2013 at 4:04 am #

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