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George Osborne is below the standard of London’s evening newspaper

PUBLISHED: 16:06 17 March 2017 | UPDATED: 16:06 17 March 2017

Former chancellor George Osborne who has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard, its owner, Evgeny Lebedev, said.  Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

Former chancellor George Osborne who has been appointed editor of the London Evening Standard, its owner, Evgeny Lebedev, said. Lauren Hurley/PA Wire

There’s no room for politicians in the newsroom

If you were to pull up a list of the jobs most hated by the public, I suppose journalists and politicians would both be among the top ranks.

In fact, the seats of Parliament are lined with former journalists, some of whom proved quite successful.

George Osborne, the new editor of the Evening Standard, however, spent a year as a freelance diary columnist, more than 20 years ago, I might add.

It’s no secret that the press is struggling, the Standard, however, took in a £3.4million pre-tax profit last year.

So what better way to spend your hard-earned millions then by hiring the former chancellor of the exchequer, and MP for a constituency in Cheshire, as the four-mornings a week editor of your Londoncentric newspaper?

Putting aside the political minefield of having a serving Tory MP editing a paper for a majority-Labour patch, Mr Osborne, for all of his talents and experience in politics and finance, seems somewhat under-qualified.

No doubt his high profile roles in government mean he is no stranger to the press, but I doubt the so called ‘part-time MP’ knows his widows from his orphans.

The Standard’s newsdesk is filled with local newspaper produced talent, who have moved up the ranks to cover all the goings on in London.

So when independent schoolboy George Osborne adds his mug to the Standard’s kitchen cupboard, I wonder how many reporters will jump up to lead the tea round?

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