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Diary: By George! What a great escape for Osborne

Tabard has been thoroughly dismayed with the political snafu of late – with the cabinet exodus and general debacle over Theresa May’s Brexit deal and the increasingly Shakespearean threats to topple her. What better to take one’s mind off it all than a night of glitzy revelry at the Evening Standard Awards?

The red carpet was awash with high-profile guests; from the biggest names in theatre to the ‘I’ve never been to the theatre’. And while you’re all on tenterhooks to find out Rita Ora’s take on the Kiln/Tricycle name change, Tabard understands that she sadly didn’t stop for any interviews.

But the night wasn’t entirely without a reminder of the country’s political chaos, as down the red carpet strode George Osborne. You’d be forgiven for forgetting that editing the Evening Standard is one of his 23 full-time jobs.

Arriving between super-glamorous Vogue editor Anna Wintour and the official World’s Sexiest Man Idris Elba, he cut quite the figure in front of the flowery photo board, and when he approached reporters there appeared to be a slight spring in his step, and a curious look on his face. Could it be relief?

“It’s good to be dealing with the drama on the stage rather than the drama in the House of Commons,” he said of his role as an awards judge. “It’s certainly less nail-biting than British politics right now.”

Tabard wonders whether he sat through Macbeth at the Nash.

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