until she ‘is chopped up in bags in my freezer’.”
It sounds like the sort of embarrassingly juvenile jibe that might be spouted by a member of the Bullingdon Club, an outfit to which Mr Osborne belonged at Oxford. Inside and outside his party, condemnation has been swift, with Tory MP Jacob Rees-Mogg criticising the “bitterness and bile” of the comment, and the Labour MP Chris Bryant calling the reported remarks “absolutely disgraceful”. A
Downing Street spokesman said witheringly, “The contents of the former Chancellor’s freezer are probably not a matter for me,” a response that sets hares running about what else might be in his Notting Hill fridge. Road kill? Piles of cash from his speaking engagements? His underpants?
Mr Osborne has not responded to the Esquire claim, but he has made similar comments before.
Appearing on TV just after the General Election, he referred to Mrs May as “a dead woman walking”. Is he really taking his rejection so badly that he has lost all sense of what is reasonable discourse? If so, he needs, in the wise words of Frozen’s Queen Elsa, to let it go.
Another strong female he could learn from is Hillary Clinton. Having won the popular vote to be US president but lost the electoral college, the former Democrat nominee has more reason than the ex-MP for Tatton for feeling bruised. Yet her new book about the campaign, What Happened, published this week, is not quite the rage against the Trump machine that might have been expected. Certainly, she comes across as furious at times, and she does not miss the chance to slate the victor, calling Donald Trump “hateful and flagrantly sexist” and a “fraud and a liar”. But the overall vibe is one of wistfulness, exhaustion, humility and regret, not so much for herself but for what might have been for America.