George Osborne's appointment as Evening Standard editor unleashes ruthless Twitter commentary

George Osborne tweets

MP George Osborne is now the editor of the Evening Standard. The newspaper with a legacy reaching back to 1827 has snapped up the politician and former chancellor for the top role.

On the hire, Standard owner Evgeny Lebedev said: “I am proud to have an editor of such substance,” adding that Osborne “reinforces the Evening Standard’s standing and influence in London”.

The media Twittersphere exploded at the news on Friday morning (17 March), with many somewhat baffled by Osborne’s appointment in respect to his limited experience as a reporter and writer.

Others wondered how Osborne, who according to the Guardian, earned more than £300,000 in a month in 2016 giving speeches, would be able to fulfil that role in addition to being an MP.

Below are some of the best (read: funniest) reactions to the announcement.

Ed Miliband featured prominently, first as a joke.

And then in the flesh.


His history in journalism came under scrutiny (Osborne's never had to compose a Twitter reaction piece).

Here’s how some prominent media folk reacted.

And here's the email that was sent to Evening Standard staff.

And to conclude, here's the Evening Standard team getting the good news...

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