Support 100 years of independent journalism.

  1. Business
  2. Economics
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.

By George Eaton

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.

Sign up for The New Statesman’s newsletters Tick the boxes of the newsletters you would like to receive. Quick and essential guide to domestic and global politics from the New Statesman's politics team. The New Statesman’s global affairs newsletter, every Monday and Friday. The best of the New Statesman, delivered to your inbox every weekday morning. The New Statesman’s weekly environment email on the politics, business and culture of the climate and nature crises - in your inbox every Thursday. A handy, three-minute glance at the week ahead in companies, markets, regulation and investment, landing in your inbox every Monday morning. Our weekly culture newsletter – from books and art to pop culture and memes – sent every Friday. A weekly round-up of some of the best articles featured in the most recent issue of the New Statesman, sent each Saturday. A newsletter showcasing the finest writing from the ideas section and the NS archive, covering political ideas, philosophy, criticism and intellectual history - sent every Wednesday. Sign up to receive information regarding NS events, subscription offers & product updates.

Content from our partners
How do we secure the hybrid office?
How materials innovation can help achieve net zero and level-up the UK
Fantastic mental well-being strategies and where to find them