There were reportedly "audible gasps" in the newsroom of London's Evening Standard newspaper yesterday when it was announced that George Osborne, the ex-Chancellor of The Exchequer, the government's chief financial minister who was sacked by U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May, was the new editor of the free newspaper owned by Evgeny Lebedev.
About 60% of the eligible voters in London wanted Britain to remain in the European Union, but the United Kingdom as a whole voted for Brexit.
Osborne, now 45, became Britain's youngest chancellor of the exchequer for more than a century when the Conservatives took power in 2010.
"I am proud to have an editor of such substance, who reinforces The Standard's standing and influence in London and whose political viewpoint - socially liberal and economically pragmatic - closely matches that of many of our readers", Lebedev said. Osborne was a leader of the campaign for Britain to stay in the EU. He has occasionally criticized some of her rightwing initiatives, such as promoting schools that select pupils based on academic ability.
The former chancellor has said he intends to carry on representing his Cheshire constituency of Tatton - 190 miles from the capital - in Parliament.
"Unprecedented" is being used alongside "powerful", "clever" and "cunning" as journalists analyze the appointment within the context of a toxic pre-Brexit atmosphere in the country and political infighting.
'You can not be serious!' No, not the old John McEnroe quote, but the reaction of most of the journalistic profession and the editorial staff of the London Evening Standard, the paper George Osborne has been sensationally appointed to edit.
He said: "Once he put himself forward for the position, he was the obvious choice".
Shadow minister Andrew Gwynne said former ministers have to refer any new jobs to a committee up to two years after leaving government.
However, Osborne is already facing calls to quit politics altogether, with Opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn calling the appointment a "joke".
Labour MP John Mann told BBC Radio Five Live: 'He's taking the mickey out of the taxpayer and the general public and he should stand down as an MP. His salary as editor was not announced.
Mr Osborne told the Commons Register of Members' Interests he expected to be paid £162,500 every three months for 12 days working as an "adviser on the global economy" for the BlackRock Investment Institute.
It called-out a series of "conflicts of interest", and claimed that Mr Osborne "betrays incredible naivety about his new job and contempt for his current one".
I watched a woman who was described as a supporter of the Conservative Party on television on BBC News after the announcement was made, asked what she thought of it.
Osborne, it also turns out, failed to get a place on the Times trainee journalism scheme after he graduated from Oxford in 1992 and was similarly rejected by the Economist.