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Has George Osborne accidently let the cat out of the bag about how much he really supports Liam Fox?

Most people interested in politics are probably aware by now that George Osborne joined Twitter today.

You can now let him know what you think of his handling of the economy by contacting him here: @George_Osborne

I’m sure I’m not the first person to realise that you can tell a lot about someone by who they follow on Twitter. So I had a look at the 42 people (so far) George has decided to follow and very interesting it is too.

The only backbench MP Osborne has decided to follow is Liam Fox. In fact, Fox stands out as the only personal twitter account being followed by the Chancellor amongst the usual official Tory accounts, government ministers and assorted right-wing organisations you’d expect from a senior Conservative cabinet minister.

This is particularly interesting for two reasons:

1) Liam Fox recently presented his extreme right-wing  ‘alternative’ budget which advised the chancellor to cut all public spending including health and education.

2) Fox has been positioning himself as the leading right-wing contender for the leadership of the Tory Party.

I wonder if Osborne has mistakenly let the cat out of the bag about how close he really is to Liam Fox and the right of the Tory Party? I wonder if this also shows who he would like to see replace David Cameron as leader.

By the way – there was plenty of talk about how Osborne was caught in the middle between Vince Cable and Liam Fox when it came to the budget. Well – Osborne doesn’t follow Cable on Twitter. In fact he doesn’t follow any Liberal Democrat – not even Danny Alexander – supposedly his second in command.

Of course it would hardly be news that Osborne ignores the Liberal Democrats and listens hard to the extreme right-wing of his own party while pretending otherwise – but I didn’t expect him to be so open about it.

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