Byron backlash: Osborne noshes a pricey bit of beef

The chancellor has been forced to defend his decision to eat the most expensive burger in town, claiming 'McDonald's doesn't deliver'.

by Michael Northcott
Last Updated: 21 Apr 2015

There is something strangely calamitous about George Osborne’s public persona – always caught out in public for ultimately insignificant mistakes. The latest one is that he tweeted a picture of himself in an office chowing down on a Byron burger and fries as he crossed the T’s and dotted the I’s on his budget-slashing spending review. What’s the problem with that, they’re freakin’ tasty, we hear you ask? Well, a decent burger with chips costs almost £11, once you’ve added some sides and a drink, and from the man who had never set foot in Greggs it wasn’t going to be Burger King for supper, was it?

Anyway, the Sun got hold of the tweet and accused him of being out of touch because the outlet is a mile away from the House of Commons, and there are 10 McDonald's outlets selling burgers for 99p, closer than that. Trying to fight his corner on ITV's Daybreak programme, he said: 'As a politician you've got this dilemma, which is the only thing people see of you is you're in the House of Commons, in a TV studio.

'The point about Twitter is to try and tell people more about what you're doing every day, and there I am working late on my speech, and I've got a takeaway hamburger, but it puts you on the front page of the Sun. It's an occupational hazard.' It certainly is. It's worth noting that Osborne only recently joined Twitter, only to be called '#DowngradedChancellor' by Ed Miliband after his budget speech, and several months on, he has a piffling 50,000 followers. Talk about engaging with the populace, eh George?

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