First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne “a bloody idiot”

Vice president of the RSPB claims George Osborne is "potentially quite dangerous".

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George Osborne may have been a hit with the birds back in his Bullingdon days, yet his luck seems to have foundered now he is Chancellor of the Exchequer.

George-Osborne-pastyVice President of the Royal Society of the Protection of Birds (RSPB), Sir John Lawton, has branded him “a bloody idiot” and “potentially quite dangerous” following the chancellor’s claims that the habitat directive was “placing ridiculous costs” on British business.

During an interview with GovToday, Lawton assured that only a minimal number of planning applications were being affected by the directive:

“The evidence is quite to the contrary. Looking at the evidence over the last five years, the number of planning applications stopped by the directive is only 0.5%.

He’s a bloody idiot. He doesn’t believe in evidence. What he needs to do is talk to one of the leaders of the major urban bids, who will say that access to high quality green space and interesting nature in their urban environment is not an impediment to economic development, it is fundamental to economic development.

“People see [green space] as a place for inward investment because it is more interesting and better for people’s health. I do wish Osborne would look at the evidence and think sensibly about it.

“Not all sites are sacrosanct, there will  be times when economic development and infrastructure needs to take place, I’m not against that… But I do wish he would look at the evidence.”

When the interviewer asked what Lawton thought of Osborne’s comments about the habitat directive being “goldplated”, his response was:

That is a classic example of George Osborne talking out the back of his head.

 


See also:

George Osborne is now talking about Greek exit, having previously criticized loose talk 13 Jun 2012

Osborne tries to bury charity tax U-turn – the fifth flip-flop this week 31 May 2012

Osborne’s inevitable pasty tax U-turn set to cost Treasury £35 million 29 May 2012


 

Back in March, Osborne asked his colleague Caroline Spelman to produce a report on the effect of the directive on business. Her findings also supported Lawton’s figure of 0.5% affected.

So what now, for king of the U-turn? What if Frances fancies a spot of bird watching and wants to join the RSPB? Will they be refused membership? Perhaps he can go all out on cutting the red tape that he despises so much and introduce a workfare initiative for badgers and birds?

As ridiculous as those suggestions may sound, it is Gideon’s track record that suggests his (hare)brained ideas are rarely vetted before they leave the nest.

 


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31 Responses to “First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne “a bloody idiot””

  1. jayblanc

    First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne "a bloody idiot", writes @LFFKatie: //t.co/kgNrZ8ql

  2. Katie Stanton

    Vice President of RSPB calls Osborne a "bloody idiot": //t.co/JHeJcPDV (Warning: puntastic)

  3. leftlinks

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  4. joy johnson

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  5. NewsatLeft

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  10. GallowsorGuillotine?

    First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne "a bloody idiot", writes @LFFKatie: //t.co/kgNrZ8ql

  11. Brian Tomkinson

    First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne "a bloody idiot", writes @LFFKatie: //t.co/kgNrZ8ql

  12. Evan Price

    What is the relevance of Eton? Osborne went to St Pauls …

    Whatever the rights and wrongs of this article, the basic failures of facts appear to me to be to demonstrate another person’s ‘idiocy’ and ‘prejudice’.

  13. Anonymous

    Sorry, confused by the relevance of your question – there is no reference to Eton in the article. Do you mean the Bullingdon Club? That’s an Oxford University link. Am I missing something?

    Either way, the fact that Gideon has a tendency to open mouth and engage brain later in his currently role as chancellor is unquestionable – regardless of where he went to school. The man isn’t safe to be let out on his own.

  14. Yrotitna

    First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne "a bloody idiot", writes @LFFKatie: //t.co/kgNrZ8ql

  15. Evan Price

    Text has now been changed in the article to refer to ‘Bullingdon’ … so you are missing something!

  16. Anonymous

    The problem is that he’ll ignore it and go ahead with removing any effective protection anyway.

  17. BevR

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  18. Foxy52

    RT @leftfootfwd: First he upset the bakers, now bird watchers are calling Osborne "a bloody idiot" //t.co/dmIehSqy

  19. Steph

    George Osborne is "a bloody idiot" and "potentially quite dangerous" according to RSPB president //t.co/Cs0srB8e we agree! @leftfootfwd

  20. anne

    George Osborne is "a bloody idiot" and "potentially quite dangerous" according to RSPB president //t.co/Cs0srB8e we agree! @leftfootfwd

  21. Mags

    George Osborne is "a bloody idiot" and "potentially quite dangerous" according to RSPB president //t.co/Cs0srB8e we agree! @leftfootfwd

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    George Osborne is "a bloody idiot" and "potentially quite dangerous" according to RSPB president //t.co/Cs0srB8e we agree! @leftfootfwd

  23. IRejectFPTP

    George Osborne is "a bloody idiot" and "potentially quite dangerous" according to RSPB president //t.co/Cs0srB8e we agree! @leftfootfwd

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  25. Mr. Sensible

    Wonder who this part time chancellor will upset next…

  26. BevR

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  30. Dried Mealworms

    I think the trouble is that he will not pay attention to it and go forward with removing any effective defenses anyhow.

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