George Osborne. Remember him? He used to be our Chancellor of the Exchequer. He was on our screens every night on the 6-o-clock news and then, suddenly, he disappeared.
His demise was ultimately brought about by the same death stroke that took down ex Prime Minister David Cameron – Brexit.
So where is he? Is he still that upset that he’s in hiding and licking his wounds after the humiliating Brexit defeat. Not on your Nelly! You want to know where gorgeous George is? He’s coining it in as a senior advisor at an asset management firm, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.
Whilst most of us would step down from a job and then seek to find another after that tenure had ended, not George. It has emerged that the sneaky one had prior arrangements in his last 24 months with the firm that he now works for. The biggest news is that he met with them only a couple of days before Theresa May told him his services were no longer required. Now the cynics amongst us would say that he anticipated the whole Brexit scenario and his departure from number 11 so had this lucrative deal lined up so he was sorted regardless of what happened. But the very fact that he was implicated with the firm whilst he was still Chancellor is worrying to say the least. Conflict of interest springs to mind.
Mr Osborne is now a part time advisor at BlackRock which is a one of the world’s largest asset managers and it is believed he is earning a six figure salary.
Rewind a couple of years and as George Osborne was making changes to the pensions department, BlackRock was rubbing its hands enthusiastically as they said they were in a position to take advantage of the new reforms…
Smell a rat? We can smell hundreds. Something needs to be done, but will it happen? Probably not. The trouble is there are too many people in the game out for themselves. They’re all in positions of power and they’re all linked and scratching each others backs. Don’t get us wrong, you cannot tarnish everyone with the same brush and no doubt there will be MPs who do get into the job they’re in because they genuinely do care about the policies and interests of their people. But it appears the higher up the political ladder MPs go, the more bent they become. MPs are constantly trying to clean up their image and are trying to portray that they are all about the public and are just like us – ordinary. When stories emerge of shenanigans like this, though, it takes it all back to the beginning and the public start having a real trust issue with the powers-that-be.
Don’t get us wrong, we’re not insinuating that he has broken the law, far from it. George Osborne is by no means going to get in trouble with the law. What he is guilty of, however, is gross ethical practice. He’s also guilty of what many high up are guilty of, being money-hungry and totally uncaring of who he stands on to get there. He’s not like us at all.
Ultimately, it isn’t the last we’ve seen of sly-dog George – he’s just lying low for a bit. And rightly so, the whole story really does stink!