The press gallery lunch was a chance to present his nice side, but he couldn’t resist a side order of recreational violence
One of the lasting images of election night this year was George Osborne in the ITV studios. As the exit poll was announced, his face first turned to shock and then to undisguised pleasure as he pronounced Theresa May a “dead woman walking”. The longer the night went on, the more jubilant he became. By the time the last few results came in, the former chancellor and now editor of the Evening Standard – among half a dozen other well-paid jobs – was all but standing on the table in the studio shouting “loser, loser” at the prime minister’s tear-stained face on the TV monitor.