One of the bitterest and most public feuds in Westminster since the 2016 Brexit referendum has been between the former Chancellor George Osborne and the Prime Minster Theresa May. When Osborne was unceremoniously sacked by May from his cabinet position in 2016, he seemed to vow revenge, and has since delighted at every opportunity as editor of the Evening Standard to produce front pages mocking and attacking his former colleague.
Recent signs suggest that the passage of time has not tempered his anger. Osborne appears this evening on the BBC documentary Inside Europe, which follows the negotiations between David Cameron and the European Union ahead of the Brexit referendum. In the programme, the main cast recollect the conversations key Conservative players had ahead of David Cameron’s decision to hold a referendum. But in his version of events, Osborne can’t help but add this rather sly dig at the then-Home Secretary Theresa May:
‘Philip [Hammond] is a bit sceptical, Theresa May doesn’t say very much.
Which was par for the course in those meetings.’
Mr S wonders if Osborne is clearing some space in his freezer again…