Major whip slams Osbo
A former Tory chief whip has lashed out at George Osborne and David Cameron, saying they are "tacticians" without a strategic vision for the Government.
Lord Ryder, who served as chief whip in John Major's government, accused the Prime Minister and the Chancellor of being "obsessed" with 24 hour news at the expense of the bigger picture.
Responding to claims that Mr Osborne spends too much time focused on political strategy, he said: "He's not a strategist at all, he's a tactician. Both he and Mr Cameron are tacticians and this government lacks a strategist...
"He and Mr Cameron seem to be obsessed with the management of 24 hour news, they're news editors, if you like, news managers, not strategists."
There was better news for Mr Osborne earlier when the head of the OECD gave his backing to the Coalition's austerity measures.
Yesterday's announcement that the UK economy had contracted by 0.7% in Q2 put the pressure on Mr Osborne and led the former Lib Dem Treasury spokesman Lord Oakeshott to joke that he was "doing surprisingly well for a Chancellor on work experience".
But OECD General Secretary José Ángel Gurría defended the Chancellor, saying he should stay the course and was "sowing the seeds of what will be the elements for recovery" and "you have to have credible public finances before you start moving on the growth".
Lord Oakeshott called for Business Secretary Vince Cable to be considered for the role. Mr Cable told the media that while he would "probably" be a good fit for the position, the Chancellor was doing a good job:
"I’m not pushing for the job. We’re part of a team; we have a collectively agreed policy, and I’m delivering on my bit of it, which centres particularly on the area of industrial strategy, and I’m not proposing a radically different approach. I would be building on what George Osborne has already achieved."