Vince: the accountants’ choice as Chancellor

My favourite bedside reading, Aaccountancy Age, has the story:

Vince Cable has emerged as the accountants’ choice for the next Chancellor following the pre-Budget report. In a poll of around 600 readers conducted by Accountancyage.com both before and after the pre-Budget report, the Liberal Democrat deputy leader and shadow chancellor proved popular with members of the profession, with 44% and 45% of voters wanting him as next chancellor rather than political rivals Alistair Darling and George Osborne.

Here are the results in full:

Pre PBR

George Osborne 45%
Vince Cable 44%
Alistair Darling 10%

Post PBR

Vince Cable 45%
George Osborne 38%
Alistair Darling 17%

As the magazine notes:

The biggest loser in the PBR with accountants has been George Osborne. Before the chancellor’s statement, the Tory’s opposite number topped the poll with 45% of the votes. But his response to the statement failed to impress, and his share of the vote dropped to 38%.

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2 Comments

  • “Aacountancy Age”? Is that an organisation for elderly numbercrunchers with drinking problems, or just for when they break down?

  • Andrew Tennant 23rd Dec '09 - 12:37pm

    I can only hope that this is a result of the accountants surveyed making an assessment based on their professional insight and thinking for the good of the country rather than the cynics alternative that they have noticed one or severally potentially exploitable and highly lucrative loop holes in our policies and tax proposals!

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