James Forsyth

Cameron’s Osborne comments are far from helpful to the Tory cause

Cameron's Osborne comments are far from helpful to the Tory cause
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I must admit I am baffled as to why David Cameron has chosen now as the moment to reopen the question of under what circumstances he would move George Osborne from his job as shadow Chancellor. The Times reports that Cameron says in his interview with Sir Trevor McDonald that he has talked to Osborne “a number of times” about moving him.

This isn’t the first time that Cameron hasdiscussed publicly the possibility of having to sack his good friend. But the timing is particularly unhelpful considering that the Labour party and its allies are targeting Osborne as the weak link in the Tory campaign at the moment.

Cameron’s language might not have been helpful but we shouldn’t lose sight of the big picture which is that Cameron and Osborne’s relationship is, thankfully, free of the weird psycho-drama of the Blair Brown one.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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