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Published on September 8th, 2011 | by Ehshan Veerabangsa
Image © [caption id="attachment_3457" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="George Osborne, MP © Ewan McIntosh"][/caption]   George Osborne’s attempt at humour at Sunday’s GQ Men of the Year awards can be said to have been met with a lukewarm reception at best.  Is the problem with the Chancellor’s w****** joke that in many people’s eyes it may actually be true? Do politicians trying to get a cheap laugh appear to be in touch with the public’s sense of humour or does it further damage the low esteem most are already held in? Judge for yourselves. 'I’m not sure who actually reads the politics pages of GQ magazine though -I suspect they are the only pages of the magazine that a teenage boy hasn’t stuck together in reading the magazine. 'Some might say that’s because the w****** are on the page rather than reading them. Thank you very much for the award.' For my money it was a rather crude and obvious attempt at playing to the gallery, but I have no doubt that this sort of dumbing down will have its appeal to some of this country’s politically apathetic.

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George Osborne: Joker or W******?

George Osborne, MP © Ewan McIntosh

 

George Osborne’s attempt at humour at Sunday’s GQ Men of the Year awards can be said to have been met with a lukewarm reception at best.  Is the problem with the Chancellor’s w****** joke that in many people’s eyes it may actually be true?

Do politicians trying to get a cheap laugh appear to be in touch with the public’s sense of humour or does it further damage the low esteem most are already held in? Judge for yourselves.

‘I’m not sure who actually reads the politics pages of GQ magazine though -I suspect they are the only pages of the magazine that a teenage boy hasn’t stuck together in reading the magazine.

‘Some might say that’s because the w****** are on the page rather than reading them. Thank you very much for the award.’

For my money it was a rather crude and obvious attempt at playing to the gallery, but I have no doubt that this sort of dumbing down will have its appeal to some of this country’s politically apathetic.

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  • Morus

    It does sound like the joke was greeted rather favourably by the crowd and one wonders whether it would have received the same criticism if George Osborne wasn't such a hated figure.

    Indeed, condemnation from the Mirror is likely worn as a badge of honour by Tory politicians.

    Quite frankly, there are two things that concern me more than Osborne's attempt at comedy. The first is the fact that our Chancellor appears to have nothing better to do than attend the GQ awards. I'm not suggesting that he should work more hours, I'm sure he's very busy but surely we'd hope that he has something better to do than that. Secondly, I'm a little disturbed that GQ would present an award to a man who so stubbornly refuses to have his suit tailored. I understand that he can't afford to emphasise his wealth in times of austerity but his suits are hilariously ill-fitting.

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