What does George Osborne know about editing a newspaper?



2017-03-17T11:29:12.546Z
2017-03-17T15:30:51.792Z

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What does former chancellor of the exchequer George Osborne know about running a paper?

He does have some journalistic experience, but very little, and it was a long time ago.

Talking to the staff of the London Evening Standard on 17 March, after being appointed as editor, he recognised this, saying:

I’ve got to learn from you because I may have run the country but I haven’t actually run a newspaper. I know there’s a lot for me to learn. I start with that attitude.

A Guardian profile of him in 2011 said:

The Conservatives had just won the 1992 general election and seemed as if they would be in power for ever, but Osborne tried journalism first instead. In 1993, he just failed to get a sought-after place on the Times's trainee scheme, and settled instead for freelance work on the Daily Telegraph's Peterborough diary column, a famous nursery for well-connected young journalists... He did not stay there long.

Osborne applied for a job at The Economist, but was rejected at interview by Gideon Rachman. By 1994 he was working for the Conservative party and was selected as a candidate in 1999.

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