Good luck, George Osborne. You’ve got some big shoes to fill...

George Osborne poses outside the offices of the Evening Standard
George Osborne, Britain’s newest newspaper editor, poses outside the offices of the Evening Standard Credit: JULIAN SIMMONDS FOR THE DAILY TELEGRAPH

After he left Oxford, George Osborne was keen to make it in journalism. Sadly, it was not to be. He was rejected by both the Times and the Economist. In the end, he had to settle for a lowly job as Chancellor of the Exchequer.

But the story has a happy ending, because Mr Osborne has now returned to his true passion. Today – to the astonishment of MPs, the media, and no doubt his constituents 200 miles away in Cheshire – he was appointed editor of London’s Evening Standard newspaper.

Critics are questioning his fitness for the role. Mr Osborne, though, isn’t the first senior statesman to make the switch to editor. In fact, he follows in the footsteps of some illustrious figures.

Harold Macmillan

Macmillan raised eyebrows when, in 1963, he abruptly stepped down as prime minister to take the reins at Loaded magazine.

“The wind of change,” he announced from the steps of Downing Street, “is blowing...


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