Chancellor tops British nightmares - survey

LONDON Mon Nov 5, 2012 2:47pm GMT

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivers his keynote speech at the Conservative Party's annual conference, in Birmingham, central England October 8, 2012. REUTERS/Darren Staples

Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, delivers his keynote speech at the Conservative Party's annual conference, in Birmingham, central England October 8, 2012.

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LONDON (Reuters) - Chancellor George Osborne is the public figure that most often appears in British nightmares, a recent study has found.

Ruling Conservative party member Osborne, whose official title is Chancellor of the Exchequer, was booed during a medal ceremony at the Paralympics this summer in London and has been the focus of public criticism for austerity measures which have seen cuts to welfare budgets and a freeze in public sector pay.

Gordon Brown, the former Labour prime minister, came second in the survey conducted by hotel group Travelodge, which asked 2,000 people about their nightmares.

The former glamour model Katie Price, also known as Jordan, beat a number of other politicians to come third.

"Suffering from nightmares that involve the Chancellor, money and losing a job are a true reflection of how the credit crunch, and the double dip recession, has affected our well-being as well as our money", Shakila Ahmed, a spokeswoman for Travelodge, said.

(Reporting by Stephen Eisenhammer, editing by Paul Casciato)

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Raymond.Vermont wrote:
Yet in terms of economics the Chancellor has steered Britain (arguably) more successfully than his western sphere counterparts through the (ongoing) crisis, whilst keeping national debt levels well below that of the over stimulated (with little to show for it) US economy…

People can knock Ozzy, but the fact speak for themselves, unemployment thats not unreasonable for these times, low inflation, growth (albeit modest) and interest base rates helping stave off foreclosures, exports up and some significant investments from outside, whilst attracting external capital and maintaining the safe haven status of the pound.

Whats not to like about the bogeyman’s stewardship?

Nov 05, 2012 4:08pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
SCSCSC wrote:
The Labour Party are my source of ongoing nightmares.

If I vote for them then are they going to go and hand over all of their powers to the EU without consulting us (much like they did last time)?

And as for the financial side of things, no Labour government has ever returned a balanced budget (source : Ed Balls) so they don’t know what to do except borrow.

What a nightmare.

Nov 05, 2012 6:09pm GMT  --  Report as abuse
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