Osborne hits a new low at GQ awards

George Osborne collect GQ politician of the year awredGeorge Osborne certainly made an impression at last night's GQ magazine awards. Picking up the award for Politician of the Year – of which more later ­ – he cracked a crude gag which misread his hosts an audience almost as badly as Osborne is misreading the economy.
Osborne took the stage to receive his award from the BBC's Nick Robinson, at which point he delivered the obligatory few remarks. He began by cracking a weak joke about having come from a meeting of City bankers, saying "it says something about my profession that I was still the most unpopular person in the room"

He went on: "I'm not sure who actually reads the politics pages of GQ magazine though – I suspect they are the only pages of the magazine that a teenage boy hasn't stuck together while reading the magazine. Some might say that's because the w*****s are on the page rather than reading them."

Tinie Tempah

The remark prompted a few nervous laughs before a stunned room began to heckle the Chancellor, who turned bright red and fled the stage. Backstage, the bungling baronet sent an assistant off to get rapper Tinie Tempah's autograph for his daughter. When the assistant came back, Osborne said: "It's not for my daughter, it's for my son. Now please go and rectify the matter."

A real charm-school graduate all round, it seems, and one who clearly doesn't know much about the magazine which gave him the award. GQ prides itself on being more upmarket than the tits and bum men's mag mainstream, although its award of this particular gong doesn't say much for its judgment.

The magazine said: "While the US and Europe toiled to avert catastrophe, the Chancellor stuck to his guns – and has so far been proven right." That will come as news to most people as the UK creaks under the strains of the worst recession for decades.

No plan B

The magazine's Politician of the Year is a man who boasts of having no plan B in spite of the continuing slump and criticism from a number of Nobel Prize-winning economists. He downgrades his growth forecasts on a regular basis, and flounders when questioned.

He is the man who persuaded his chum David Cameron to employ Andy Coulson as Tory communications director, assuring the PM that Coulson had no involvement in illegal activities, and was considered such a liability by his own party that it kept him in the background during the last election.

If he's the best, it doesn't say much for the quality of the rest of them. Nor does it say much for GQ's judgment. Readers may have their own suggestions for other awards in a similar vein.

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