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The hard-hat chancellor: what kind of Britain is George Osborne building?

05.06.2016
He loves to pose in a high-vis jacket… but will the chancellor’s grand projects deliver? We take a closer look at the initiatives he claims will transform the UK

If George Osborne has an identifying attribute – what a cigar was to Churchill or a pint of beer to Zac Goldsmith – it is the pairing of hard hat and hi-vis jacket. One suspects he would struggle to wield a screwdriver to much effect but he loves to have himself photographed, again and again, on construction sites and industrial premises, dressed like a man who knows how to make things.

The message is clear enough. Here is someone to get Britain building. Britain has an economy where construction has a particular status and where a favoured way to nudge the economy forward is to get more concrete mixers whirring and bricks laid. “Industry” can be almost synonymous with “construction industry”, due to the shrinkage of other types. The country also needs more homes. What then could be more appropriate than for the chancellor to remind people of his role in stimulating such things?

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