Welfare 4 April 2013 Osborne's car caught in disabled parking bay The Treasury says that Osborne was unaware his car had been parked in a disabled bay after he got lunch at an M4 service station. Print HTML The front page of tomorrow's Daily Mirror will make for uncomfortable viewing in No. 11. In the week that George Osborne cut benefits for thousands of disabled people (most notably through the bedroom tax), it shows his car parked in a disabled bay at an M4 service station. A Treasury source has responded by stating that Osborne was dropped off outside the service station to get lunch and didn't realise the car was illegally parked when he got back in. But the damage has likely already been done. As when Osborne was caught in a first class train carriage with only a standard ticket, it suggests a man who doesn't think the rules apply to him (however innocent the mistake was). But the Chancellor, I suspect, will take comfort from the fact that the public remain overwhemingly supportive of the coalition's welfare measures. › Are attacks on goths, heavy metal fans and other "subcultures" hate crimes? George Osborne makes a visit to the Prysmian Group factory in Eastleigh last month. Photograph: Getty Images. George Eaton is political editor of the New Statesman. Subscribe More Related articles Peter Mandelson: I pray every day for an early election to end Labour's awful state Jeremy Corbyn to tell members: "Prepare for a 2017 general election" What will Labour's new awkward squad do next?