Coffee House

Video: George Osborne — future Foreign Secretary and Tory leader?

26 June 2014

Has George Osborne reached the top of his political game? On this week’s View from 22 podcast, Fraser Nelson and Isabel Hardman discuss the rising fortunes of the Chancellor and whether he is now a plausible leadership candidate as well as a future Foreign Secretary. As well as Osborne’s improved standing to the public, is he still loved by his supporters and feared by his enemies in Westminster?

You can watch the video highlights above, or listen to the full discussion here.

More Spectator for less. Subscribe and receive 12 issues delivered for just £12, with full web and app access. Join us now.

  • monty61

    Bit of product placement going on there, Fraser?

  • DaveTheRave

    We had Blair/Brown, now we have Cam/Oz. Shore up the top jobs amongst yourselves won’t you? The first two from north of the border, the latter two from the leafy south of England. No real difference.
    If he was THAT good he would’ve grasped the basic, obvious policy of taxing significantly all the foreign wealth flooding into London.
    That would stop London house prices going up so fast, so high.
    That would stop the ridiculous notion of creating other London’s, like ‘super cities’ in the North to ‘balance’ up the North/South divide.
    But of course, he, nor anyone of the elite political brigade would dare raise taxes on the London wealth flowing in.
    It’s not on the agenda that they all follow, be they Lab, Lib, or Con.

  • Smithersjones2013

    Osborne would be a plausible leadership candidate only if Cameron is re-elected. If the Tories lose in 2015 and Cameron stands down / is removed then Osbourne will be too associated with Cameron’s failure to be a plausible replacement.

    More importantly, the other problem he faces is that he is not well thought of by voters. He also needs to do something about that bad smell that seemingly is constantly under his nose because that sneer is definitely off-putting.

  • misomiso

    Taking lessons the greatest politican in Westeros, if he couldn’t annihilate his enemies, Tywin Lanister always brought outside and competing interests into his tent. Its a huge mistake of Osborne to not offer Olive branches, as in British Politics you can massacre all you opponents at a wedding!

    Having said that Osborne is a fantastic politican, but is he really a front man? Can the electorate vote for him? Better for the Tories to pick some one that can connect well with parts the Tory party normally cant reach.

    Sajid Javid all the way. Osorne can go head up the IMF.

    • Smithersjones2013

      Having said that Osborne is a fantastic politiican

      You seem to forget that Osborne conspired with Dave to throw away an unassailable poll lead in the last 12 months of the previous government and has been Dave’s strategy ‘expert’ as the Tories have for the first time in this country’s political history split the centre right vote.

      As for Javid? Do you seriously think a former senior banker is going to be allowed by the electorate to get anywhere near Downing Street anytime soon (Labour will wet themselves at the thought of repeatedly reminding voters how much he earnt before he left Deutsche Bank)?

      • HookesLaw

        No – strangely enough as I recall the economic crisis did not have an adverse effect on labour poll deficit, it seemed to make the voters think the better the devil you know. The expenses scandal also seemed to push votes the LDs way.
        The tories won a nearly 100 seats and Labour lost nearly 100. Not bad by tory standards – better than Mrs T ever did.

        I don’t think the point about Javid’s previous career will register. He was a managing director at Deutsche Bank- one of the few banks that did not have to take up public funds. It covered its losses without having to take up much of a rights issue – just 3 billion and it used that to buy a minority stake in Deutsche Postbank, a large German retail bank. . It was no RBS.
        Javid has already been Economic Secretary and Financial Secretay, he is on his way to be Chancellor, maybe after Hammond.
        Osborne for the IMF is not a bad bit of speculation. Not perhaps is Hammond for NATO

  • dado_trunking

    This is the story of my sad life.
    I have been accused of many things – being a life-long Tory voter, Dan Hodges, an MEP, a paid Juncker troll, the Pope. But let’s face it, that cannot be true.
    What is true however is this: this Tory government will make history.
    It is will be remembered for doubling the debt in ‘austere’ times and one term only whilst managing to completely isolate itself in Europe, as the Juncker vote will now prove. Well done you! Only our hero footballers could beat that.
    This is the story of my sad life.

    • Smithersjones2013

      And clearly yours must be a very sad life….

    • Colonel Mustard

      You missed out egotism.

      • dado_trunking

        Is that Latin for self-awareness?

        • the viceroy’s gin

          …self-awareness must be quite a chore for you, lad, given your massive army of sockpuppets.

  • MirthaTidville

    Another hat in the ring then. The Tories are certainly going to give Michael Gove a run for his money…..Roll up Roll anymore names for hat please….At this rate Dave`s head might be on the spike sooner than he thought

  • swatnan

    George is not PM material. Move him to the FO now, with Hague as Home Sec and Teressa as Chancellor.

    • Smithersjones2013

      You would put the politician who has alienated much of the immigration and police hierarchy, who has overseen chaos at the passport office, who has overseen the collapse of government immigration policy, failed to negotiate the Snooper’s Charter past the Libdems, been forced to apologise for misleading Parliament on at least two occasions, was AWOL during the riots and dresses like a Court Jester as Chancellor? That is even more ridiculous than Osborne becoming leader!

      PS Hague doesn’t want any other office. if he loses Foreign I suspect he will stand down from cabinet.

  • Blindsideflanker

    So its not what is good for the country, but what is good for Osborne’s career prospects. If true this confirms the worst of what we thought about Cameron and Osborne, that their ambition wasn’t about doing what is right for the country, but how to advance their careers. To them it is a tactical political game.

    If anybody had desire to fix our country they wouldn’t want to be anywhere else than in the Treasury. If Osborne is plotting his moves out of the Treasury, we can only assume he knows he has failed in his task and seeking to get out while the going is good.

    • HookesLaw

      All thats being discussed is the opinion of journalists. You are linking that to what any politician is actually thinking, which is pure speculation.

  • davebush999

    Do you really think that people would vote for Osborne, with his serial sneer?

  • BarkingAtTreehuggers

    WE must prepare for the inevitable?
    Cameron is ignored at home, now he is ignored abroad.
    In a mere 11 months time all this will be over.

    • the viceroy’s gin

      …do you bark at your goat sockpuppet too, lad?

  • HookesLaw

    Well we can tell you’re journalists at lunchtime from the whisky on the table.

    • Hexhamgeezer

      Looks like Jura ‘Superstition’. Nice….unless it’s a bit of surreptitious product placement

      • HookesLaw

        I thought it was Jura but I did not want to do any more free advertising.
        Don’t like Jura myself – too peaty. I will recommend though Glenkinche – a nice light lowland malt from just outside Edinburgh. I do not notice a water jug on the table which is a bit unforgivable.

        • Hexhamgeezer

          Then I won’t invite you round! Even my Speyside stuff is at the peaty end of the spectrum….

Can't find your Web ID? Click here