I’ve just watched Osborne deliver an address to the CBI (BBC iPlayer, look it up).
He seems to have forgotten that the election is over and that a whole other conversation is necessary where the business community is concerned.
Now to style.
Whatever merits George Gideon Oliver Osborne may possess, I can safely say one thing:
George Osborne is no orator.
The guy can’t parse a script (or notes) in order to get the tone and meter right. That the meter and emphases were so badly fumbled makes me think it must have been a script.
I wanted to be impressed, but his performance reminded me of myself trying to speak publically, aged 25, with ZERO preparation.
I had two problems back in those days. First was lack of confidence.
Confidence? George, you’ve just won an election. You are the Chancellor of the Exchequer. The pasty new hope. You should be walking into the room with your balls swinging. WTF is wrong?
Second problem was lack of preparation. When I was 25, I didn’t see the need to prepare until I’d fallen on my face a couple of times. Silly really; I’d heard the maxim “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” many times in my youth.
If I need to deliver someone else’s message, even if it’s my message packaged by someone else, I need to read it and internalise it. George manifestly failed to do this.
Perhaps he deserves a break. He’s been busy.