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‘’What George did next’’

What will George Osborne do next has been a topic of some speculation in the English media since the former Chancellor of the Exchequer was relieved of his duties when Theresa May appointed her first Cabinet as Britain’s new Prime Minister. Osborne had been expected to get the Foreign Office brief but amazingly this went to Boris Johnson, leaving Osborne as a mere backbench MP.

So what will he do next? Of course, if Brexit had been defeated Osborne would be Prime Minister by now, but Brexit happened and George was out in the cold. Joining the board of a major multinational company or financial institution has been suggested for him. Or a bit of consultancy work. Or maybe some public speaking and lecturing engagements [like Blair and Mandelson]. Maybe a job at the IMF at some stage.

Can I add another possibility – taking a role with Waterford United. Unlikely to happen I know, but so was the idea that Nick Leeson [who was involved in the collapse of Barings Bank] would become the CEO of Galway United [he occupied the role from 2005 to 2011].

I know it’s not April Fool’s Day. This article is meant to be tongue-in-cheek. But on paper the idea that George Osborne might get involved in Waterford United isn’t as far-fetched as you might think. It might be a runner if Osborne had a Waterford connection and was a football fan I hear you say. Well, guess what – Osborne is a football fan with a connection to Waterford. So I’m going to float the idea, lost cause as it may be. Maybe it might float long enough to reach George himself.

Osborne is the heir-apparent to his family’s Irish baronetcy of Ballentaylor and Ballylemon in County Waterford. His father, Sir Peter George Osborne [co-founder of the Osborne & Little fabric and wallpaper design company] currently has the title. I don’t know if George himself has ever visited Waterford, but possibly he has.

He’s also a football fan. He supports Chelsea [another team that wears blue, so George would feel right at home getting involved with Waterford United] and was at the 2012 Champions League Final along with his then-current German counterpart Wolfgang Schauble who was at the game to support his team, Bayern Munich .

Maybe Bobby Charlton has the answer to all this. If you google image George Osborne / Football the top hit is a picture of George and Bobby chewing the fat on the Old Trafford turf. You have to guess what they were saying, their conversation wasn’t recorded. Perhaps Bobby knew of his Waterford connection and was telling him to hook up with Waterford United if he ever left Cabinet. Why would Bobby say this? Well, he played for Waterford United didn’t he? Three games in 1976, scoring one goal …

Brian Quigley

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