George Osborne has announced yet another new job, and Twitter has gone a bit nuts...
The former chancellor has just been appointed Editor of the Evening Standard and it's fair to say the news came as a surprise to basically everyone.
I am literally dumbfounded. Trying to imagine Osbo drumming up page leads. "Don't we need a nib on knife crime in Croydon?"— Isabel Oakeshott (@IsabelOakeshott) March 17, 2017
George Osborne addresses the Evening Standard newsroom. Just look at the joy on their faces. pic.twitter.com/eDxnb0WtIf— Adam Bienkov (@AdamBienkov) March 17, 2017
After getting over the initial hilarity of the situation...
Osborne coming into journalism like pic.twitter.com/5Qf61hCwIW— Mike Hills (@mikewhills) March 17, 2017
Breaking: Gordon Brown has been appointed Editor of Teen Vogue.— Tom Wilson (@feedthedrummer) March 17, 2017
Breaking: I will shortly be announced as editor of Heat magazine....— Ed Miliband (@Ed_Miliband) March 17, 2017
Twitter hacks everywhere started doing a bit of digging on Britain's former chancellor.
George Osborne might want to take a few editions out of the archives: pic.twitter.com/tSEnfGCeFs— Larry the Cat (@Number10cat) March 17, 2017
Osborne's journalism career:— Jim Waterson (@jimwaterson) March 17, 2017
–Didn't get hired by The Times graduate trainee scheme
–Bit of freelance work
–Becomes Evening Standard editor
There have been some serious concerns expressed about how Osborne can handle six jobs...
Flooded with offers of writing and media to comment on Osborne, the answer is No, I can't do anything til 8pm as I have a job to do as an MP— Jess Phillips (@jessphillips) March 17, 2017
Interviewer: So what makes you suitable for the role?— Dan Caley (@DannoCaley) March 17, 2017
... and about potential conflicts of interest given that he has not stepped down from his position as MP for Tatton.
Marx: fishing in the morning, work in the afternoon, Plato at night— Aditya Chakrabortty (@chakrabortty) March 17, 2017
Osborne: Editor in the AM, MP in the PM, After-dinner speeches at night
To add to the mix, the announcement came just as the Conservative Party Spring Forum got underway...
It is fair to describe Downing Street spokesman as speechless when asked about @George_Osborne editing Evening Standard in morning lobby— Jessica Elgot (@jessicaelgot) March 17, 2017
Theresa May, sacking Osborne, said "get to know this party better". Would pay at least £17 to see her face when she gets the news.— Helen Lewis (@helenlewis) March 17, 2017
and of course, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn has reacted with customary aplomb.
It's taking multitasking to an extreme level - what a joke https://t.co/m4a6GWwVnJ— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) March 17, 2017