GEORGE OSBORNE was greeted by an angry “unwelcome party” yesterday as he turned up at the Evening Standard to start his first day as the London newspaper’s editor.
Black-cab drivers shouted: “We’re coming for you” at the former chancellor, who they say lobbied for Uber, the firm that has undercut them via the so-called gig economy, while in government.
A line of white powder, apparently representing cocaine, had been laid out outside the offices in Kensington, west London, and a giant mock Standard front page with a headline reading: “George Osborne: Lowering London’s Standards” also greeted him.
Veteran Labour MP Dennis Skinner was barred from the Commons for a day in 2005 for repeating drug-taking claims about Mr Osborne in his pre-MP days made by former prostitute Natalie Rowe in a national newspaper.
Mr Osborne, who has no professional experience in journalism, promised he would ensure the paper informs and entertains.