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The British chancellor's choice of a posh burger is front page news in the UK

George Osborne’s decision to have a burger has caused some controversy in the UK…

Pic: Nick Sutton/Twitter

THE BRITISH CHANCELLOR’S decision to tweet a picture of himself eating burger as he worked late ahead of a major speech on government spending earlier this week has backfired.

The Sun newspaper has splashed on the news that the burger, far from underlining Oxford-educated Osborne’s credentials as a man of the people, was bought from a gourmet burger joint and cost some £9.70 or around €11.50.

Osborne tweeted the picture on Tuesday night ahead of a major speech on future government spending to the House of Commons yesterday afternoon:

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The paper says that Osborne could have gone to a number of McDonald’s outlets closer to the British Treasury than Byron but instead chose the posh option.

The chancellor’s defence? He told ITV: “McDonald’s doesn’t deliver, I was working late in the office.”

But as the political blogger Guido Fawkes points out, neither does Byron.

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