George Osborne

(George Gideon Oliver Osborne)

George Osborne
George Osborne
  • Born: May 23, 1971
  • Nationality: British
  • Profession: Politician









George Gideon Oliver Osborne CH is a British Conservative Party politician, who was Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatton from June 2001 until he stood down on 3 May 2017. He served as Chancellor of the Exchequer under Prime Minister David Cameron from 2010 to 2016. He has been editor of the London Evening Standard since May 2017 and chair of the Northern Powerhouse Partnership (NPP) since September 2016.

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It’s in our interest to shape the world around us. Foreign Policy, World & International Affairs
A generous basic state pension is the least a civilized society should offer those who have worked hard and saved through their whole lives. Society
Autism is a very serious condition.
Believe me, I understand that most higher rate taxpayers are not the super-rich.
Britain has no divine right to be one of the richest countries in the world.
Cutting budget deficits can never be just an exercise in economics.
Every day as Chancellor I see alerts telling me of risks around the world.
Everyone in our society has had to make a contribution towards dealing with the debts. Society
I believe in public services.
I believe that I'm entitled to regard my pre-political life as off-limits in terms of what can be looked at and judged. Life
I didn't come from a traditional Tory background; it was urban and metropolitan.
I get a lot of letters from people.
I had the closest thing I have ever had to an out-of-body experience lying in bed one morning. I turned on the 'Today' programme and item four on the news was: 'The shadow chancellor has ruled himself out of the leadership.' I lay there thinking that's interesting, then I realised it was me. Morning ;Leaders & Leadership
I have done everything I can to move Britain out of the financial danger zone.
I reject absolutely the idea that people should know their place, and know their class.
I support gay marriage. I support gay marriage because I believe Conservatives support the institutions of commitment. Families, Children & Parenting
I think the British people are very, very attached to the idea that the health service is free at the point of use. But there is no reason why every doctor, nurse and teacher in this country has to be employed by the state. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I think the British people have a strong sense of what is fair.
I think you can look at the British economy with confidence.
I understand the damage the expenses crisis has done to Parliament, and the paramount importance of restoring trust in our politics. Trust ;Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
I want Britain to be a global financial centre but I want it to be properly regulated.
I want Britain to be the home of successful competitive and stable financial services.
I want to see genuine talent rewarded.
I will listen to any argument put to me.
I would say I have taken substantive action to make things easier for people.
If someone believes that living on benefits is a lifestyle choice, then we need to make them think again.
If we don't get a grip on government spending, there will be no growth. Government
If you want to change the way your banking system is regulated, if you want to learn the mistakes of what's gone wrong, then you have to change your government. Government
I'm a Conservative who believes in lower taxes. They lead to a more enterprising economy. But I'm not somebody who believes you can fund lower taxes by borrowing more money. Money, Coins & Minting
I'm not going out to parties every night.
In opposition, you move to the centre. In government, you move the centre. Government
It's normally the kiss of death to be identified as a rising star, or someone to watch. Death
It's not easy cutting welfare bills. It's not easy cutting the deficit.
It's perfectly reasonable in a coalition between two political parties that you get supporters of those parties you know stressing the things they want to stress.
I've learned to be true to yourself, stick to the big arguments, don't get distracted by the everyday kerfuffle that is in the nature of any democratic system. Nature
Just as we should never balance the budget on the backs of the poor, so it is an economic delusion to think you can balance it only on the wallets of the rich.
Most successful politicians don't let the job swamp their lives.
Of all the public services, education is the one I'm most interested in. You get a more dynamic economy, you deal with most social problems, and it's morally right. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Some things never change, suck up to the government and you get an honour. Government
Tax cuts should be for life, not just for Christmas. Life
The British people think that if someone is disabled, then they should get all the care and support that we can offer.
The Conservative Party mustn't sound like the old man on the park bench who says things were better in 1985, or 1955, or 1855.
The Conservative party, the modern Conservative party, is on the side of people who want to work hard and get on. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
The foundations of a strong economy don't rest alone on the decisions of Chancellors or the spending programmes of government. Government
The positive news is that the British economy is continuing to grow and is creating jobs. And it is positive news too that at a time of real international instability we are a safe haven in the storm. Time
The rise in world oil prices has been larger than anyone forecast.
There was a real fear that a euro-zone bank might fail, that we'd have a sovereign debt problem in one of the larger European economies. That's dissipated, thanks largely to the action of the European Central Bank.
They all said I was a very young guy. Well there is nothing I can do about that but with each day that passes the problem solves itself.
Unless they have disabilities to cope with, no family should get more from living on benefits than the average family gets from going out to work. No more open-ended chequebook. Families, Children & Parenting ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We need to think deeply about whether we can sustain banks that are not only too big to fail, but potentially too big to bail.
Well British pension funds have not been investing the savings of British people in British infrastructure.
Well can I just say unlike my predecessors, Conservative and Labour, I have set up an independent body that studies whether what I'm saying is true, whether I've met the targets that I set out.
Well you know I've attracted a lot of criticism by, for example, suggesting that child benefit should be taken away from higher rate taxpaying families.
You cannot tackle Britain's debts without tackling the unreformed welfare system.
You know the illusion of the cheap money is over and now Britain has to go out there and graft and earn its way and create wealth and prosperity in a very competitive world. Money, Coins & Minting
You really have to try hard to create space and, at least for a time, stop the political world from rushing in. The important thing is to remain sane. Time