Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has been roundly condemned for soliciting contributions to Conservative Party funds during a ceremony of remembrance for Britain’s war dead. 30 seconds into a 2 minute silence on Whitehall, Osborne was seen scurrying through the sombre crowd, stopping by wealthy businessmen and asking for tens of thousands of pounds. His targets were so embarrassed at the request that they quickly wrote cheques in order to get rid of him and continue with the tribute to the fallen on this, the 90th anniversary of the armistice.
At the end of the ceremony, Osborne was seen running down towards Parliament Square clutching a wad of cheques and beaming like an overgrown schoolboy on his way to the sweet shop. It is estimated that he took £370,000 in the 90 seconds that he spent begging from people commemorating those who died so he could live in freedom.