Chancellor George Osborne has until now resisted the urge to join social networks, probably fearing the barrage of hilarious attacks that would follow his arrival.
However on this fateful Budget 2013 morning, which by all accounts will be a rather bland affair, Osborne has finally taken the bold step of joining Twitter.
Mere hours into his Twitter career, with just one tweet down and with no news about the Budget out as yet, the jokes have already started to roll in.
Here are some of our favourites to date. But in the true mood of covering the budget live – this is 2013 after all – we promise updates through the day. #keepitcoming
Guess the Twitter arrival of @george_osborne will ellicit a storm of abuse that will make his Olympic reception look like a standing ovation
— Norbert Rantyman (@rantyman) March 20, 2013
And, well, he was right…
— David Schneider (@davidschneider) March 20, 2013
Most of the things being said can’t be repeated here, although we do suggest checking out a charming little hashtag #suitcase followed by a word rhyming with banker…
On a lighter note there has been a PhotoShopped pic showing some rather poor maths skills:
And some very encouraging words for all those young people (and people in general) out there worrying about not getting a job or losing one following the Budget announcement:
@george_osbornereally does give me hope for the future – he’s evidence that you don’t need to be any good at a job to get it.
— Sarah Blohm (@bloomer71) March 20, 2013
And take pity on one particular young person, who is likely not getting paid and is having to put up with a whole day’s worth of the #suitcase… banker invention…
Having a bad day? Could be worse, you could be the intern running @george_osborne’s twitter account.
— Comfy MATTress (@matthewpaulgray) March 20, 2013
Coming up next on Tony Robinson’s The Worst Jobs in History: @george_osborne’s social media intern.
— Jonathan Hopkins (@jonnohopkins) March 20, 2013
Or maybe the young lad or lady could be seeing the lighter side of life too?
@george_osborneHi to the intern who has to read all the great replies to Gideon’s first tweet.You’re laughing inside as well aren’t you?
— Roger Mexico (@BenOsborne_) March 20, 2013
After all, it does sound like ol’ G Dawwwg has some smooth sayings, so you know he’s from the streets yo. Ignore the bland office pic, him and J-Lo have been prepping all morning.
RT @george_osborne What do you do if the economy’s stuck? Budge it! BOOM!!! Osbo’s in da house y’all!
— Moose Allain (@MooseAllain) March 20, 2013
Not that the masses are biting.
Oh Gideon, where will it all end? Feudalism? Gulags? Food riots? Economic collapse? Bank runs? @george_osborne
— Éirinn go Brách (@JM_Magick) March 20, 2013
With hours still to go before the big B-day announcement, how will this brave adventure into the wicked world of social media fare? As we said… more to follow post-Budget-ageddon 2013.
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