Osborne's joke misfires at GQ awards

Chancellor "lowered the tone" as he accepted his Politician of the Year award.

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George Osborne may have been voted in as Politician of the Year at last night's GQ awards, but he may have to work on his humour. Accepting the award, he said:

I'm not sure who actually reads the politics pages of GQ magazine.

I suspect they are the only pages that a teenage boy hasn't stuck together in reading the magazine.

Some might say that's because the wankers are on the page rather than reading them.

Rather than raucous laughter, however, the joke was met with stony silence, with some members of the audience even heckling. Host David Mitchell said that Osborne had "lowered the tone". According to the Metro, "he was said to be embarrassed and apparently left the stage quickly".


Samira Shackle is a freelance journalist, who tweets @samirashackle. She was formerly a staff writer for the New Statesman.