Friends of George Osborne are believe to have approached David Bowie for help in creating a new persona for the beleaguered chancellor. The sight of a sober suited and pasty faced Osborne standing outside 11 Downing Street holding his red case is believed to have panicked the government and triggered the Bowie initiative.
‘After another unpopular budget,’ said a government minister,’we need to relaunch George as a completely new persona and Bowie is the man to pull it off.’
Osborne has already been spotted at the V&A’s David Bowie exhibition looking for inspiration but cultural critics point out that the chancellor has failed in past attempts at relaunching himself – once as a submarine and once as a powdered French aristocrat.
‘George’s somewhat androgynous features hold out a real possibility of a Bowie-type creation,’ said a glam rock aficionado who said he would definitely vote for a glam rock Osborne chancellor.
It’s believed that a glitteringly costumed Osborne has already experimented with appearing outside 11 Downing Street in a Space Oddity performance of a Major Tom countdown to the budget. A scenario modeled on Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes was abandoned after advice from Max Clifford.