The New Editor Of The Evening Standard Is... George Osborne?!

By Holly Brockwell on at

We just had to check it's not the first of April, because George Gideon Osborne – Cameron's Chancellor, sacked by May – has been declared the new Editor of London's Evening Standard.

Owner Evgeny Lebedev tells the Guardian:

“I am proud to have an editor of such substance, who reinforces the Standard’s standing and influence in London and whose political viewpoint – socially liberal and economically pragmatic – closely matches that of many of our readers.

George is London through and through and I am confident he is the right person to build on the fantastic legacy of Sarah Sands.”

In fairness, he attempted journalism before becoming an MP, but if being Gideon – son of Sir Peter George Osborne, 17th Baronet of Ballentaylor, and Felicity Loxton Peacock, daughter of artist Clarisse Loxton Peacock – a privately-educated Oxford graduate and a Bullingdon Club member is "London through and through" – well, that's a London I've never been to. The City of London, maybe. [The Guardian]

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