So here we are, day 2 post Brexit and no sign of the elusive Mr O. Where is he?
Sitting in a dark corner somewhere sucking his thumb; rocking and humming?
Recovering from a drug fuelled binge?
All joking aside, he should be addressing the public because the vote to leave the EU is a momentous issue, emotionally, financially and constitutionally.Cameron has resigned and, more importantly, during the referendum campaign, having nailed his colours to the mast of remain, he had this to say …
George Osborne says he will have to slash public spending and increase taxes in an emergency Budget to tackle a £30bn “black hole” if the UK votes to leave the European Union.
The chancellor said this could include raising income and inheritance taxes and cutting the NHS budget.
Could it be, that he, like many thought that the vote to remain would be a foregone conclusion and what some believed was a “punishment” post Brexit budget to bully those who were thinking of vote leave into voting to remain in the EU?
Is he now missing in action because like most bullies, if people stand up to them, they run away and effectively, that is what over 50% of the population who voted in the referendum have done. They have stood up to him and his colleagues who tried to scare people into voting remain.
The BBC and mainstream media are happy to blame Corbyn and his “lacklustre” campaign as the reason for the success of the vote leave campaign, but had Osborne provided the public with proper facts of the effect of leaving the EU, instead of scaremongering, things may well have been different.
I am sure Osborne is happy that Corbyn is being pilloried by members of his own party about a possible leadership challenge because it deflects the heat off him.
Don’t get me wrong, I am no lover of the tories and I certainly have concerns about how the UK will cope outside of the EU. I am worried about the effect of this on Ireland too and the possible implications for the peace process, the effect on Scotland who voted overwhelmingly to remain, the effect on Wales and other poorer UK areas who receive significant EU funding, which is why I voted to remain.
Osborne is still the Chancellor of the Exchequer and he has a responsibility to address UK citizens about the financial implications of the decision to leave the EU going forward.
He is conspicuous by his absence and not only should members of his own party but also the members of Labour, Greens, Plaid Cymru, SNP, DUP, SDLP etc demand that he address the public on these issues.
The BBC and main stream media should also be doing the same thing.