UK finance minister joins Twitter, probably wishes he hadn't bothered

Today is Budget Day in the United Kingdom, when the Chancellor of the Exchequer - the country's senior finance minister - outlines the state of the nation's economy and his plans for spending and taxation over the next year. While the UK's economy hasn't reached the near-meltdown of some European countries, it continues to stagnate, and many observers expect that the economy will soon slip back into recession once again.

British citizens are certainly feeling the pinch of these straitened times, and many are growing increasingly frustrated by the austerity that have been imposed over the last two years by the Government. It's against this backdrop that Chancellor George Osborne MP chose today to join Twitter, and judging by the response that he's received, he's probably regretting that decision. 

The Chancellor posted his first tweet this morning via his new account @George_Osborne:

 

 

It didn't take long for Twitter replies to begin flooding in. Here are some highlights:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Not all of the tweets were quite so civilised. @Connorwhiteyy replied to Mr Osborne's tweet by telling him: "you're a first class bellend, you overpaid, overeducated fox hunting tw*t". Charming. @cphelan, meanwhile, made sure to remind the Chancellor of the gravity of the event and his responsibilities by stating: "On this important day, it's vital to remember that you are, truly, a massive c*ck". 

There's nothing quite like surrounding yourself with adoring fans as you're preparing to define the future of an entire nation's economy. 

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The British must be quite unhappy people overall. It's all gloom and doom and criticism and then self-criticism. Rarely really saw any positive piece of news in the UK media...

Wow. This guy is almost as much loved as our finance minister who told us publically to eat potato peels and wear a tinfoil hat with sunflower seeds in it.

and Osbarf is able to wear just a shirt at a publicly funded 'home' while the other day I discovered my mates wearing Russian hats & coats inside their house because they are afraid to turn the heating up and get a huge bill from Npower ...

how many people is he going to chuck onto the street today with his budget giveaways to the rich and so on because so far the Tories have done nothing for the country. Not a big Prescott fan either but he is spot on what he said.

I don't even care that he's on twitter, good for him. Just get the **** out of parliament and never return.

Yeah because any civilized people like being butt raped by bailouts and then being told "we're all in it together" No I'm ****ing not, do I look like a banker who gambled away money that isn't mine?

Neobond said,
Yeah because any civilized people like being butt raped by bailouts and then being told "we're all in it together" No I'm ****ing not, do I look like a banker who gambled away money that isn't mine?

Go to your royal palace in London and protest. Complaining on Twitter wont do much good.
Banks weren't alone in the messing up, your government and national bank allowed them to do so. Banks will do what they are allowed to do (or hoover around in the grey area), just like any other cooperation in the world. The bankers don't work for your money, they work for their own money.

Shadowzz said,

Go to your royal palace in London and protest. Complaining on Twitter wont do much good.
Banks weren't alone in the messing up, your government and national bank allowed them to do so. Banks will do what they are allowed to do (or hoover around in the grey area), just like any other cooperation in the world. The bankers don't work for your money, they work for their own money.

I like my grey area nicely hoovered, tidy and free from dust. I normally use a Dyson for it
What good would protesting outside the palace do? surely protesting outside number 10 which is the actual seat of government would help?

Jaxkesa said,

Facepalm


Yeah I don't know from memory where the British parliament is located
But it'll probably bug the british parliament allot more since its usually full of tourists there.

NoPanShabuShabu said,
FTFY:
Well - the postings by Neobond just represent the behaviour of the British civilised population..

Your country has issues with its government, you think this is different in the rest of Europe or something? We all have the exact same problems. Get over it.
Like we didn't bail out banks? This happened in the entire western world. Mostly I see people just complaining and screaming on the internet, why isn't everyone protesting? Get on the streets.
We all did it in the 60-70-80s...
My government earned 2billion euro's by bailing out ING, earned well over 1,5billion euro's by bailing out the ABN Amro, the banks did not get free loans here, not to sure about the case in the UK though. However people here do complain about it identically

Edited by ShadowMajestic, Mar 20 2013, 2:53pm :

Neobond said,
Yeah because any civilized people like being butt raped by bailouts and then being told "we're all in it together" No I'm ****ing not, do I look like a banker who gambled away money that isn't mine?

As much as I hate bailouts, unfortunately they are not optional. In Brazil, in the early 90s, a bank screwed up and the government did not bailed it out. The outcome was it went bankrupt and took all the cash of their clients too. When that was about to happen in the late 90s with another bank, the government bailed out the bank, guaranteed the bank was sold to a more stable bank and saved the money of the population. And the bank owners/controllers were prosecuted for criminal charges of money laundering and fraud.

Ah, a reasonable bailout. No, we don't have those here. Instead they get bailed out and allowed to carry on receiving obscene bonuses and continue dodgy practices, this time guaranteed by government and paid for by the taxpayer. Better to let them fail; at least there is less cost to the people.

Neobond said,
Yeah because any civilized people like being butt raped by bailouts and then being told "we're all in it together" No I'm ****ing not, do I look like a banker who gambled away money that isn't mine?

Plenty of "it wasn't my fault" average joes did, though, in the form of house equity stripping, credit card debt and basic waste of money and assets. It's convenient to blame some "rich bankers" but they're only part of the story.

The basic issue is that most people don't understand what "money" is or how it is created (often out of thin air). Those who do understand the concept are able to leverage it to their advantage. It's when those people get greedy, along with the ignorant also wanting their pie, that the system implodes.