The cracks are starting to show between the Prime Minister and Chancellor
Fraser NelsonFrom the outset, David Cameron and George Osborne have presented themselves as indivisible, as joint leaders of the Conservative Party. The Labour years were defined by total war between Prime Minister and Chancellor, but their time in power, they decided, would be defined by complete unity. But three years into government, it is growing hard to keep it up.
The pair have always had different outlooks on life. Cameron is, at heart, a country Tory, at his happiest romping around muddy fields in a pair of Dunlop wellies. Even in the autumn, he’ll dive into freezing British lakes – and he still mourns what he calls the “banned activities” (for PR reasons) of shooting and riding. Osborne, by contrast, is an urbanite, fond of the city’s networking opportunities, soirées and upmarket burger bars. If he sees a green space, he tends to wonder why it hasn’t been turned into a groovy office block for tech start-ups. But while they have different characters, the duo, as Osborne puts it, “see completely eye to eye on almost every issue”.
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"The cracks are starting to show between the Prime Minister and Chancellor", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), novembre 2013. Consulté le 28/02/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/the-cracks-are-starting-to-show-between-the-prime-minister-and-chancellor