Even Brexit, Trump and the death of David Bowie couldn’t prepare us for George Osborne’s appointment as editor of the London Evening Standard.

Osborne has no journalistic experience and – on top of being an MP for a constituency 140 miles away from London – has already accepted a £650,000 a year second job in wealth management.

Everyone who’s managed to pick their mouth off the floor has had their say on Twitter. But here’s how some of the more longstanding members of the fourth estate have reacted to the news.

Former Independent political editor Jane Merrick, Times sketch writer Patrick Kidd congratulated Osborne on securing an editor’s job without ever having worked as a journalist:

Others, including Daily Politics presenter and former newspaper editor Andrew Neil, wondered whether he was prepared for the fast world of breaking news:

Mirror associate editor Kevin Maguire, Mail on Sunday columnist Dan Hodges and Mirror political reporter Dan Bloom wondered how he would manage to juggle his jobs:

The Mirror’s political editor was a little more blunt:

Observer columnist Nick Cohen warned Osborne might be shocked at the level of cuts he finds:

Others, like Daily Record Westminster editor Torcuil Crichton, invited Osborne to join the National Union of Journalists:

Other members…weren’t so keen:

Guardian writer Tim Dowling was inspired to quit journalism for a new career:

But George also inspired this budding journalist to chase his dreams:

The one time we wanted fake news…

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