At noon on Wednesday, George Osborne will show us the future. Or rather, what he hopes will be his future… when he stands in for David Cameron at Prime Minister’s Questions.
Osborne has been preparing for this moment for 21 years. In 1994, he started briefing John Major before PMQs and he has helped every Tory leader since.
As Chancellor, Osborne has carved out time to drill Cameron on his lines every Wednesday morning. He even helped Nick Clegg out the first time he stepped up to the Dispatch Box.
The Chancellor is taking PMQs because Cameron will be absent; in his new role as First Secretary of State, Osborne is the next in line as there’s no longer a Deputy Prime Minister.