George Osborne pulled no punches from the sofa this morning.
Appearing on this morning's Andrew Marr show, the former-chancellor turned editor of the Evening Standard launched a number of attack's on Theresa May's premiership, drawing the attention of political Twitter.
After Toby Young, associate editor of The Spectator, said there wasn't a need for a leadership campaign Marr asked Osborne:
So there is blood in the water and everyone can smell it?
Osborne, who used to work closely in the cabinet with May, as Chancellor and Home Secretary respectively, replied:
Oh yeah, Theresa May is a dead woman walking.
It's just how long she's going to remain on death row.
Since taking over as editor of the Evening Standard in May, Osborne hasn't held back on his criticism of May - particularly during the general election campaign.
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Polly Toynbee, a Guardian columnist who joined Osborne on the sofa said "your paper has been pure poison against Theresa May" adding that she was following a policy precedent he had helped set in office:
Why do you hate her so much?
Toby Young added:
Are you the new honourable member for schadenfreude central?
The Evening Standard will attack left and right.
The paper is speaking socially liberal, pro-business, and economically liberal.
He added that he's
angry that we're [the Conservative party] are going backwards and undoing the hard work of the last 10 years.
When Marr asked why May sacked him, Osborne responded with a shrug:
She said I need to get to know my party better.
I've really enjoyed editing the Evening Standard during the election.
The Mail On Sunday this morning reported that Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson was preparing a leadership bid, which he later claimed was false.
People have mixed reactions to the sass of Osborne.
See the clip here:
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