With no sense of irony, George Osborne launches an appeal for hungry children [TWEETS]

osborne cuts april fools
Mark Turley

Evening Standard editor George Osborne took to Twitter on 28 November to launch his newspaper’s Christmas appeal. The former chancellor tweeted a picture of the paper’s front page. The headline read Help Feed London’s Hungry Children. Osborne tweeted:

Today’s @EveningStandard: we launch our Xmas appeal, with @felixprojectuk charity, to tackle hunger in the capital – with your support we aim to reach 120 schools & 50,000 children.

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A lack of self awareness?

Osborne, of course, was the chancellor who inflicted six years of austerity on the nation between 2010 and 2016. During that time, billions were cut from local services, welfare, child protection and other key areas. In the same period, food bank use rose dramatically.

In 2010, there were only 56 food banks in the country. By late 2015, that number had risen to 445, an increase of nearly 700%. The number of people forced to access food banks to fend off starvation rose from 40,000 in 2010 to over half a million in 2016. The net effect of this was a huge surge in child poverty. All this occurred on Osborne’s watch.

Backlash

Predictably, Twitter was quick to point out Osborne’s lack of shame. Replies ranged from the factual:

To the sarcastic:

To the hilarious:

While still others responded with open loathing:

The shame

Osborne may have left politics for now, but it is clear that his role in creating austerity Britain has not been forgotten. He can try to hide behind his new role, but the public will not let him off. If Osborne seeks acceptance, he must accept responsibility for what he has done.

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