Learn a les­son from Hil­lary, Ge­orge

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NIGHTS draw­ing in, autumnal bite in the air, Strictly back on TV: is it too early to start think­ing of Christ­mas presents? All right, no need for that lan­guage.

I only ask be­cause there is some­one in the news this week who is cry­ing out to be given tick­ets to see Frozen when it re­turns to cin­e­mas in the run-up to Christ­mas. This per­son would ben­e­fit in par­tic­u­lar from a hearty sin­ga­long to Let it Go, the Dis­ney film’s fiendishly catchy an­them to sur­vival, to push­ing the past where it be­longs and get­ting on with life.

Yes, it is Ge­orge Os­borne, the for­mer Chan­cel­lor who, if he was a Dis­ney char­ac­ter, would surely be the hunter who shot Bambi’s mother.

If that seems a tad harsh, it is as noth­ing to the por­trait of Mr Os­borne that emerges in an Esquire mag­a­zine pro­file. Ac­cord­ing to this, David Cameron’s ex-wing­man has yet to get over be­ing sacked by Theresa May. Now the editor of the Evening Stan­dard (one of many well-paid po­si­tions he holds), the mag­a­zine says Mr O has gone fur­ther than mak­ing plain his feel­ings about the Prime Min­is­ter’s han­dling of Brexit in blis­ter­ing lead­ers and front pages. In a piece ti­tled Ge­orge Os­borne’s Re­venge, re­porter Ed Cae­sar writes: “Ac­cord­ing to one staffer at the news­pa­per, Os­borne has told more than one per­son that he will not rest

Now, this may be a noth­ing more than a tac­tic by Mrs Clin­ton to an­noy the be­je­sus out of the man sit­ting in what she thinks should be her seat in the Oval Of­fice. If so, it is work­ing. In his Twit­ter re­view of the book, the pres­i­dent writes: “Crooked Hil­lary Clin­ton blames ev­ery­body (and ev­ery thing) but her­self for her elec­tion loss. She lost the de­bates and lost her di­rec­tion!”

Mrs Clin­ton’s re­sponse was to give the wasp nest an­other whack, tweet­ing him a pic­ture of the chil­dren’s ver­sion of her book, It Takes a Vil­lage, with the mes­sage: “If you didn’t like [What Hap­pened] there are some good lessons in here about work­ing to­gether to solve prob­lems.” Sar­casm in de­feat mas­querad­ing as grace. Classy. In an­other tasty pub­lic­ity stroke she sent pizza to a queue of peo­ple wait­ing out­side a book­shop in Man­hat­tan for a sign­ing ses­sion.

What the fu­ture holds for Mrs Clin­ton is un­clear, but for all her billing of her­self as a “wife, mom, grandma”, one doubts she is go­ing to go qui­etly into a re­tire­ment of babysit­ting and cruises.

What­ever else it is, What Hap­pened is her way of draw­ing as much of a line as pos­si­ble un­der per­haps the great­est dis­ap­point­ment of her life. Note the ab­sence of a ques­tion mark in that book ti­tle. Con­sider this a cool ex­pla­na­tion, not a pan­icky post-mortem. Above all, it shows she is an­gry, but is not con­sumed by anger.

Look and learn, Ge­orge.

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