Chancellor Rishi Sunak stood at the podium last week during his virtual conference speech and paid tribute to George Osborne, Philip Hammond and (presumably for form’s sake) Sajid Javid for their work. His message was clear – it is because of their work that the Government is able to take the action it is now to safeguard the economy, incomes and businesses. And when we are out of the current emergency, he will have to do the same as them.
I am no longer in the business of drafting speeches for Conservative Conference. (In fairness, David Gauke, my former boss, liked significantly to write his own – and I’m not sure many in this Government would be in the business of accepting wording crafted by me.) But this is certainly text with which I can associate.
On 13 May, I wrote in these pages that “Former Chancellor George Osborne has