OMG! Osborne named GQ’s politican of 2009!


7:54 pm - September 9th 2009

by Sunny Hundal    


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GQ Magazine has named George Osborne its Politician of the Year 2009.

It gushes on the website:

Last year, George Osborne seemed to have splashed his way to a watery grave – only to rise up, alive and very much kicking. In October 2008, the shadow chancellor found himself at the nasty eye of a perfect political storm: a shady Russian billionaire, his yacht moored off the coast of Corfu, a feud between two Bullingdon boys (Osborne and Oleg Deripaska’s financial advisor, Nat Rothschild) and – of course – Lord Mandelson. Yet the 38-year-old MP for Tatton did not crumble.

Two decisive strategic moves got Osborne back on an even keel. First, he focused the media and the public’s attention on the scale of the public debt that Brown and Alistair Darling had built up: sure, Labour were spending, but they were spending money that they and we didn’t have, and that our children would one day have to pay back. A year from now, it is almost certain he will be ensconced in the Treasury, his tentacles reaching into every department of state and beyond. Not bad, eh?

Let’s just ignore that little embarrassment over opposing the nationalisation of Northern Rock before accepting it was the inevitable choice to make. I mean, it wasn’t really a big deal was it?

Naturally, Osborne’s prestigious award has led to Guido Fawkes ejaculating all over his blog.

Back to GQ Magazine. The award must have come as a shock to industry watchers, what with editor publishing the book: Cameron on Cameron: Conversations with Dylan Jones.

Only earlier this year GQ magazine that Tory politicians dressed better than Labour apparatchiks. David Cameron was named the eighth best-dressed man in Britain.

For Tories, all this hero worship can clearly never be enough when you have a brand to sanitise. We salute Dylan Jones for his perseverance for that safe seat…

Update:
Have just noticed Tara Hamilton-Miller in the Telegraph: How cool are David Cameron’s Conservatives?.

A contender for Commentator of the Year surely?

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Guy Ritchie was their filmmaker of the year. ‘Nuff said.

George Osborn must at last feel to be part of exalted company. After a bit of googling, I learned that GQ Mag has just nominated Mickey Rourke as its man of the year.

For any here still unfamiliar with the illustrious career of Mickey Rourke, he was the star in such erotic masterpieces as 9½ Weeks, with Kim Basinger, and Wild Orchid, with Jacqueline Bisset and Carré Otis. An entertaining clip from the latter is here:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=INowYXTQ42M

And he was also the star of the universally aclaimed The Wrestler, this year, so your point is…?

Did you read it, my response is also “WTF?”. You seem more confused than usual.

At least I didn’t issue a writ and then deny it, eh Guido?

“the universally aclaimed The Wrestler”

Obviously, George Osborn is in excellent company then.

More background on Mickey Rourke’s career here:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carr%C3%A9_Otis

Politician of the year, what a load of botox. Arhhh makes me want to be sick.

Billy – ouch!

And then there’s their choice of stand-up comic of the year – Michael McIntyre, that self-regarding, bobble-head-doll of vacuously mediocre ‘observational’ fluff.

Perhaps it was Osborne’s elegant coiffure and obvious commitment to moisturising that got him the nod?

“tentacles” is exactly right…

Excellent news for non Politicians looking to enter Parliament

So he’s in the company of Guy Ritchie & Mickey Rourke?

GQ just comfirming what we knew already then: that George Osbourne is indeed a twat.

So who would you nominate for it?

Gordon “can’t be found in a crisis” Brown? Alistair “£175bn” Darling? Ed “no exams are not getting easier” Balls?

It’s sad when the best response is to rubbish the Labour government.

Both could be rubbish. In the 2005 general election, more voters abstained than voted for Labour candidates. The turnout was the second lowest since 1918. Professional politicians are held in low public esteem. Didn’t someone recently calculate that an electorate of 44 millions is governed by a class of only 29,000 professional politicians?

I’d be more impressed by George Osborn if there was much evidence he understood economic issues when there is a glaring gap between what he is saying and what the lead economic journalists in the Financial Times are writing – try Martin Wolf in Wednesday’s FT on: Why it is still too early to start withdrawing stimulus
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cf6ae1e4-9ca5-11de-ab58-00144feabdc0.html?nclick_check=1

13. Slappy Jones

Hmm yeah not sure about that post.Rourke could have won an Oscar for the Wrestler also could have won one for Angel Heart and/or Pope of Greenwich Village.

looking forward to reading my new copy of Jones’ Cameron on Cameron. must be a quality slice of political journalism, they were down to their last 200 or so when i bought it in Lewisham Poundland.

For some readers, it may come as a great and unwelcome surprise that there is no shortage of competent and credible critics of government economic policy – such as Martin Wolf and Sam Brittan writing in the FT, the National Institute (NIESR), the Institute for Fiscal Studies, Vince Cable of the LibDems and some bloggers who post here, like Chris Dillow and Giles Wilkes.

Try Sam Brittan on: How the budget hole developed
http://www.samuelbrittan.co.uk/text341_p.html

Frankly, by comparison, George Osborn really is in the league of Guy Richie and Mickey Rourke.

To be honest, Tory politicians on the whole do dress better than Labour politicians, in my opinion at least. Thing is, I don’t judge who’s best to run the country on who can convincingly pull off the Armani Fall Collection.

Besides, I thought GQ was an international magazine? Obama’s obviously the Politician of The Year – George Osbourne doesn’t even feature on the radar.

‘Hmm yeah not sure about that post.Rourke could have won an Oscar for the Wrestler also could have won one for Angel Heart and/or Pope of Greenwich Village.’

Or ‘Diner’. Or ‘Rumblefish’.

This is one of the oddest ad homs I’ve seen on this site yet. Yes, he’s done a few stinkers but we don’t judge Deniro by ‘Rocky and Bullwinkle’.

Oh, and ‘Naturally, Osborne’s prestigious award has led to Guido Fawkes ejaculating all over his blog.’

What is it with this blog, Fawkes and semen?

Last week we had dozens of posts about Fawkes sucking cock that were among the most homophobic I’ve ever seen on a ‘liberal’ site.

Good lord. Don’t forget Osborne getting up and spouting lie after lie in his official response to the budget, either… It sounded so incredibly infantile; “it’s in the fine print, the fine print Labour doesn’t want you to read!”

Cameron? I’ve heard of him. Isn’t he the man responsible for making Converse sneakers uncool?

Someone asked “then who then?”

WTF?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Do you not know anything about politics? This tosser is so crap, I’m spewing froth around my mouth while typing this in angrily! Urgh! How slimey…

He’s sooo bad as well at debating and really not clever. And that whiney voice and that stupid snarl he gives during prime minister questions!

But I can’t say WHO is the best because how do you chose?? There’s this old backbencher on Labour who’s brilliant at rounding people up with passion when he talks….and then Vincent Cable, is erudite, bright and knowledgable-you listen to him.. etc etc..

What are the merits? Galloway is a great public speaker and debater…I mean..WTF??


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