Following George Osborne’s appearance in the Olympic Stadium during the Paralympic games, there has been widespread resentment in much of the country over the lack of opportunities that are being presented to people outside of London to boo the minister in person.
It’s the same old argument that provision for London is greater than for other areas of the UK and that the nation’s capital gets an unfair proportion of government funded projects. But arguments over the fair distribution of investment and infrastructure have paled into insignificance against this latest perceived show of favouritism.
Geoff Heights from Batley in West Yorkshire commented, ‘We pay our taxes just like the London folk, so why is it that they’re the only ones that get to give him a good boo-ing.’
And MP for Durham, Nigel Teasdale agrees, ‘I’ll be raising this in the House of Commons at the earliest opportunity. For my constituents to miss out on these sorts of chances is not acceptable. I take for granted that I can flick ink on his back during Prime Ministers questions and clip his heels in the corridoors of Westminster on a regular basis. But for Londoners to have the momopoly on booing the smug g*t is absolutely not on.’
However, it appears that influential members of the cabinet may be listening as plans have been mooted to send the beleaguered minister to stadiums around the country, to give more people the opportunity to boo and hiss the unpopular politician. It’s been suggested that he could be unfurled for the crowd before the start of football and cricket matches, where he’ll stand and soak up the visceral reactions from the baying mobs for a few minutes, before being whisked away in a police escort.