George Osborne has been keeping himself busy recently putting the boot into Theresa May at every opportunity. Not content with using the Evening Standard to bash the PM, the former chancellor has now added job number six to his CV, having been made an honorary professor of economics at the University of Manchester. This means that Osborne will have to balance his day job at the Standard – as well as his lucrative speeches, BlackRock gig, fellowship at a US think tank and his work on the Northern Powerhouse – alongside giving lectures to students on economics and austerity.
Mr S thinks that before Osborne delivers any lectures, he would do well to brush up on some economics himself given that the dire warnings he made during the referendum campaign have failed to materialise. Osborne’s claim that Brexit would leave families £4,300 a year worse off was debunked almost immediately. While a year on since the Brexit vote, his claim that a vote to leave would push Britain into a recession – and that walking away from the EU would also send unemployment soaring – have also both been proven wrong. The former chancellor might also have to contend with a large number of angry Corbynistas on campus given that Manchester University’s Labour society is the biggest in the country…