George Osborne became the subject of much mockery over the weekend after Rohan Silva let slip that the former chancellor had only decided to apply to be editor of the Evening Standard editor after friends had come to him for help with their own applications.
While Mr S has since advised readers not to approach the MP for Tatton for career advice (unless one is sure Osborne would not be interested in the job for himself), it may be best to avoid going to Osborne for help full stop.
Mr S couldn’t help but recall an interview the Tory politician gave to the Mail on Sunday, in which he revealed how he met his wife Frances. Osborne took his ‘perennially single’ friend Peter out for dinner to ask if he was keen on anyone:
‘”Actually”, he said, “There is this girl at work called Frances,” but I didn’t know her. The next day, by complete coincidence, at lunch in a friend’s house I was sat next to her.
So I invited her for dinner and went back to my friend Peter and said, “I’ve sorted out your love life”.’
Alas it wasn’t to be for Peter and Frances. Although George had the best intentions to begin with and even invited her round for a matchmaking dinner, he later decided that Frances would make a more suitable girlfriend for… himself:
‘So she came round for a couple of dinners, and then I thought, “Sod it, she’s great and I’m going to make my move”. So I said, “Sorry Pete, it’s just the way it is.”’
With friends like these…