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24 December 2010

Winner: George Osborne

By New Statesman

It was a good year for David Cameron, but the turnaround for Oik — as he was affectionately known in his Buller days — has been monumental. Pilloried at the beginning of the year for his limited understanding of economics (lest we forget, he opposed the bank bailout back in 2008), never really having had a “job” as such, and lack of personal charisma, he was even kept out of the limelight by his pal D-Cam during the election, reportedly because the more the public saw of George, the less they liked him. But somehow — somehow! — the waxy-faced one has emerged as the dominating figure on this bleak political landscape, with his Budget set to shape not just this parliament, but the next era. Not so squeaky now, eh Steve?

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