Conservative politicians David Cameron and George Osborne have both been left pretty red faced this week after smart-arsed remarks came back to haunt them.
Firstly, the Chancellor of the Exchequer Osborne took aim at Labour for the party’s association with former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis, and left-wing journalist Paul Mason.
Speaking on Tuesday, Osborne quipped:
The fact that the Labour Party is now getting its advice from Yanis Varoufakis and the revolutionary Marxist broadcaster Paul Mason does not suggest to me that they’ve got an answer to economic security.
Presumably they chose those two because Chairman Mao was dead and Mickey Mouse was busy.
This was followed by alleged dead pig aficionado Cameron at PMQ’s on Wednesday.
According to the i100, he said:
He was the Greek finance minister who left his economy in ruins.
That is Labour’s policy in two words: Acropolis Now.
Well both Mason and Varoufakis have now responded to the goading, and it has left Osborne and his party leader looking pretty foolish.
Unfortunately, the comments against Varoufakis would seemingly support the campaign to leave the E.U.
In an open letter for Newsweek, the ex-Finance Minister of Greece said:
Michael Gove, Michael Howard and Boris Johnson are arguing, against you, for Brexit on solid intellectual grounds concerning the EU’s curtailment of your Parliament’s democratic sovereignty. Even though our democracy was indeed crushed last summer by the EU, I happen to disagree with them.
However, I am intrigued that you seem not to realize that by mocking me in that same Parliament you reinforced their already strong case for Brexit. My failure as finance minister was due to the ironclad determination of an authoritarian EU to continue with its failed Greek economic program. My ministry’s Policy Program for Greece, which Brussels pushed aside, I had put together with input from economic experts including Lord Lamont and [American economist] Jeff Sachs. I trust that, with hindsight, you would not have taken that cheap shot. It was one that the ‘Stay’ campaign can ill afford.
Own goal number one. Onto Mason and number two.
Taking to Medium, Mason said:
I am happy to state that Mao was a despot whose policies killed millions; I look forward to hearing Mr Osborne say that on his next trip to China.
Mickey Mouse on the other hand is a universal 20th century icon representing the triumph of the little guy against the bully, the innocent against the corrupt, the weak against the strong. I am happy to be identified with those ideals.
— Evan Bartlett (@ev_bartlett) March 2, 2016
Maybe these guys should stop making jokes in parliament and focus on actually running the country?