Osborne takes on second paid role in America


The Rt. Hon. George Osborne has taken on his second paid job in America, in addition to his role as MP for Tatton.

The former Chancellor of the Exchequer has been made the first Kissinger Fellow at the Arizona-based McCain Institute for International Leadership.

Osborne will remain based in the UK, continuing his work as Tatton MP, while spending time studying at the Institute which described the fellowship as "an opportunity for Mr Osborne to build on his skills as a statesman and leader".

Dr. Kissinger said "I am delighted that George Osborne will serve as the McCain Institute's inaugural Kissinger Fellow. George's principled leadership during his impressive career can be a model for the qualities promoted by the McCain Institute. I am proud to support and help shape his fellowship and bright future in public service."

Senator John McCain said "My friend Henry Kissinger is a statesman who has made the world safer for our shared interests, and by so doing, safer for the common ideals of the transatlantic community.

"I am pleased to learn the Institute has selected George Osborne as the inaugural Kissinger Fellow. George has shown strong and thoughtful leadership throughout his career and proved incredibly able as Chancellor. At a time when the great democracies of the world are facing challenges such as we have not seen for generations, we need strong, values-driven leaders like George Osborne."

George Osborne said "I am very honored to be named the McCain Institute's first Kissinger Fellow. I have long admired Henry Kissinger and John McCain - and count myself fortunate to know both these extraordinary leaders. I look forward to using this opportunity to work with the McCain Institute to see how we best promote our western values and secure a stable world order in this time of change."

Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, Chairman of the Kissinger Fellowship at The McCain Institute added "George Osborne's character-driven leadership and impactful career epitomizes the spirit of the Kissinger Fellowship.

"We need more world leaders like George, embracing the hallmark principles of Senator McCain's and Dr. Kissinger's lifetimes of service. I have no doubt he will continue to build on his extraordinary career through his work at the Institute over the next year."

Last week George Osborne was been appointed as an advisor to global investment giant Blackrock. He will be working one day a week for the world's largest asset manager which is based in New York City, but he told wilmslow.co.uk the majority of his time will still be spent representing constituents in Tatton where he has been our Member of Parliament since 2001.

George Osborne said "BlackRock wants better outcomes for pensioners and savers - and I want to help them deliver that. It's a chance for me to work part-time with one of the world's most respected firms and a major employer in Britain.

"Of course, many MPs also do work outside Parliament - and every Chancellor has. I'll only be working one day a week with Blackrock, while being Chancellor was more or less a full time job. So the majority of my time will be devoted to being an MP, representing my constituents in Tatton and promoting the Northern Powerhouse.

"My goal is to go on learning, gaining new experience and get an even better understanding of the world."

The McCain Institute describes itself as "a non-partisan do-tank dedicated to advancing character-driven global leadership based on security, economic opportunity, freedom and human dignity – in the United States and around the world. The Institute seeks to promote humanitarian action, human rights and democracy, and national security, and to embrace technology in producing better designs for educated decisions in national and international policy".

Shorty after announcing his appointment as the McCain Institute's inaugural Kissinger Fellow George Osborne published a blog Peace and Stability Doesn't Just Happen.

George Osborne


Here's what readers have had to say so far. Why not add your thoughts below.

David Hadfield
Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 3:40 pm
This man is ridiculous and must have the thickest skin known to man.

He was elected as our Tatton MP, to serve this constituency with 100% of his effort and not to take this role as our MP to be augmented with other private jobs that have nothing to do with running the Tatton Constituency.

Reading some of this garbage written about him (above) ...... "as having an opportunity for Mr Osborne to build on his skills as a statesman and leader" ?

Eh, What ? ..... Osborne is already a FAILED ex-Statesman and ex-leader.

How dare this man try and hoodwink his Tatton Constituents by taking on these mega-paid private jobs instead of having the decency to put all his effort and attention behind Tatton !

Appointed Blackrock advisor last week ?
Appointed Kissinger-Fellow in America this week ?

This man is a joke and the sooner he leaves Tatton, the better !
Alan Brough
Tuesday 31st January 2017 at 8:53 pm
What has to happen to force a by-election?

Clearly this man is not able to properly represent the people of Tatton and yet he seemingly has no intention of doing the decent thing and stepping down in order to pursue his career(s) outside of politics.
Marc Asquith
Monday 6th February 2017 at 1:35 pm
I suppose the fact that such elder statesmen as Henry Kissinger and Senator John McCain speak so highly of George, or that some high powered businesses seek to take advantage of his talents, does not reflect well on the abilities of the man who has been elected and re-elected, I think 4 times, to represent Tatton in Parliament. Of course, being Chancellor only took up a very small part of the parliamentary day and most of his time was spent on constituency matters. We all knew when we selected and elected George that he was going to be a high flyer. That this continues should come as no surprise. He has a well run constituency team that ensure that he is able to act as a great constituency MP, whilst remaining a high flyer. And I would not rule George out as a has-been just yet, he is relatively young and remains a force within the Tory Party, he may yet be back in office err too long.
David Hadfield
Monday 6th February 2017 at 8:06 pm
I'm sorry, but Osborne's track record on the Brexit debate totally destroyed any reputation he had.

For him to say that Great Britain would be finished if we dared to leave the disastrous EU says everything about this man. His friends such as President Obama and Christine Lagarde (IMF) came to the UK to frighten us with their scare stories if we dared to leave the EU just confirmed Osborne was a man not to be trusted, and this was confirmed when he and Cameroon admitted they hadn't a plan if, just if, we voted to leave the EU.

How irresponsible was that ?

I don't think any reference to Kissinger speaking highly of Osborne is helpful, especially with Kissinger's track record of being consistently wrong so many times over world events that has already cost the United States dearly ......
He got Vietnam horribly wrong in the 1960's and 70's, so much so that when Kissinger visited the UK many years later, Human Rights campaigners tried to have him arrested for alleged war crimes under the Geneva Convention .....

For the past 40 years, Kissinger has been a private lobbyist for governments and individuals.

So much for Kissinger's (and Osborne's) reputation !
Alan Brough
Monday 6th February 2017 at 9:14 pm

I wouldn't take too much comfort from the fact that George Osborne has been returned four times as MP for Tatton, you will remember that Neil Hamilton also joyed the unswerving support of local voters until his, er, error of judgement.

The fact is that (historically) Tatton Conservatives could pin a blue rosette on a pig and be safe in the knowledge that it would triumph!

However, times are changing and quite apart from the fact that Mr Osborne has fallen somewhat short of being the "great constituency MP" that you rather fancifully imagine, people are no longer inclined to support politicians whose attentions are so readily swayed from the clear and pressing needs of the local area in favour of more self serving, lucrative distractions.

Frankly, I think that Mr Osborne's recent choices are an insult to the people of Tatton.
Pete Taylor
Tuesday 7th February 2017 at 9:12 am
David has summed up Henry Kissinger pretty well but what about John McCain?
He is such a splendid judge of character that he chose Sarah Palin to be his running-mate for Vice President!
Osborne will fit right in over there and the sooner he resigns, the better.
Tatton deserves another independent MP who will represent the people, rather than himself.