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Nice budget, George—shame about the sneer

The Chancellor has produced an intelligent plan for the country, so why was his delivery so combative?

By Peter Kellner  

George Osborne has been tipped as a potential head of the IMF. Photo: PA

Why did he have to sneer? On my rare social encounters with George Osborne, I have found him to be witty, open-minded and self-deprecating. Yet put him in front of a microphone or despatch box, and he speaks if he wants to pick a fight, by displaying his arrogance rather than his humanity.

Thus he talked today about his “one nation”…

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