Week 10: Hero – Paul Mason

by Charlie_East_West on March 6, 2016

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This week’s hero award goes to former Newsnight, Channel 4 and now freelance journalist, Paul Mason, for his stinging response to George Osborne’s comment that he was a “revolutionary Marxist”.

George Osborne delivered a rather lame, yet typically Osborne-esque joke in Parliament during this week’s Treasury questions:-

“The fact that the Labour Party is now getting its advice from Yanis Varoufakis and the revolutionary Marxist broadcaster Paul Mason does not suggest to me that they’ve got an answer to economic security. Presumably they chose those two because Chairman Mao was dead and Mickey Mouse was busy.”

- Not exactly Billy Connolly in terms of delivery and punchline.

Paul Mason hit back with a much better retort:-

“If Osborne wanted to talk about Chairman Mao, maybe he could discuss that legacy directly with the Chinese government?
As for the Mao/Mickey Mouse jibe, I was tailed for hours in 2008 in Beijing by the secret police of Mr Osborne’s favourite Marxist government, after interviewing the victims of Mao’s Great Leap Forward. I am happy to state that Mao was a despot whose policies killed millions; I look forward to hearing Mr Osborne say that on his next trip to China.
Mickey Mouse on the other hand is a universal 20th century icon representing the triumph of the little guy against the bully, the innocent against the corrupt, the weak against the strong. I am happy to be identified with those ideals.”

Osborne 0
Mason 1
Smackdown from Paul Mason.

Osborne should just stick to trying to sort out the country’s finances rather than ill informed glib remarks. Actually, hopefully one day Osborne will also stop sorting out the country’s finances – because like his attempts at comedy, he isn’t particularly good at running the economy.

Mason, on the other hand, is a fine journalist with certain qualities that Osborne will never have – integrity and a relentless pursuit of the truth.

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