When George Osborne paid tribute to the ‘march of the makers’ in his 2011 Budget, few thought the Chancellor was secretly plotting to join the march himself. But as part of his tour of #hardworkingpeople, Osborne hasn’t just been pointing at things, like normal politicians: he’s been making things too. Today he made a cake:
But he’s also made bread:
And made parts for JCB, working in this picture with a stud gun:
In fact, Osborne likes making vehicles. Here he is making part of one at Cartwright vehicle manufacturers:
And this time it’s attaching rivets to land speed record car Bloodhound:
And here he is tootling around in a forklift truck:
The Chancellor is even prepared to get down and dirty in the name of economic recovery, wandering through this mine in Nottinghamshire:
All this activity is enough to make you think that those improving growth forecasts are all down to the Chancellor personally, manufacturing his way out of the economic crisis. So perhaps he could be excused sampling some of the goods he’s had a personal hand in putting together, as part of his personal March of the Makers.