George Osborne's alleged Jewish connection


By Miriam Shaviv
May 12, 2010
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So we have a new Chancellor - Gideon Osborne.

Yes, that's right. Gideon.

He changed his name to George as a teenager. 

Struggling to come to terms with the personal betrayal, the FT's Gideon Rachman reads perhaps a little too much into this

Why had Osborne junked the name, Gideon, in favour of George? This was not something I felt I could ask him directly. Perhaps it was an early sign of political ambition. It is all very well being called something exotic like “Barack Obama” in the US, but it might be a bit of a risk in British politics. Gideon is also regarded as a Jewish name (although it is also popular amongst Zulus). I guess that could have been part of Osborne’s motives? But even if it was, I’m inclined to be forgiving. Osborne isn’t Jewish, and I can see it might be odd to have a false ethnic flag pinned to your back. If my parents had decided to call me Sanjay, I might also have changed my name.

First of all he was only 13, so it would have been a very early sign of political ambition.

Meanwhile, in 2005, Osborne explained to the Telegraph:

"It was my small act of rebellion. I never liked it. When I finally told my mother she said, 'Nor do I'. So I decided to be George after my grandfather, who was a war hero. Life was easier as a George; it was a straightforward name."

What on earth did he mean by that?? (My antisemitism antenna perks up....)

My colleague Martin Bright, however, tells me that Gideon is actually a very posh name, and that Osborne was probably trying to downplay his poshness - rather than his 'Jewishness' (or Zulu-ness, I suppose....). This is also quite clear from the context of the Telegraph article.

Sorry, Gideon R.....

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Joshua18

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 14:06

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"My colleague Martin Bright, however, tells me that Gideon is actually a very posh name"

It is??????????????


Miriam Shaviv

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 14:11

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He swears.


Joshua18

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 15:07

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"He swears."

Well, that's news to me, and a brief Google search bears out what I think. I go with the anti-Semitic angle and that certainly fits in well with his very English sneer.

In actual fact, given his party's hook-up with the Liberal Democrats, Gideon is certainly a far more appropriate name:

GIDEON - Global Infectious Diseases and Epidemiology Network

http://www.gideononline.com/


Jenni Frazer

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 15:32

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I prefer to think it's in honour of Lord George Gordon, who, of course, converted to Judaism...


Joshua18

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 17:22

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As we are getting into an area of total silliness, why not George Brown whose wife was Jewish? I'm sure he'd prefer to end his life as a drunk rather than a jailbird. For, as his dining club at Oxford would have it, "cave nil vino". Now, them's words to die by.

(As an aside, I have heard from a number of sources that your editor's favourite Latin expression is "cave nil tuber magnatum". How true this actually is I have no idea.)


Blacklisted Dictator

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 19:37

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I have always thought that Ozzy looked Jewish. Perhaps he is?


Joshua18

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 21:32

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"I have always thought that Ozzy looked Jewish."

Cameron can definitely top that. He's related to Moses.

David Cameron ‘could be a direct descendant of Moses’

http://tinyurl.com/yfdsa8y


tomeisner2

Wed, 05/12/2010 - 23:24

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So what why do you all have to obsess about whether anyone is Jewish or not. why not judge them on their actions instead.


Joshua18

Thu, 05/13/2010 - 09:00

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"So what why do you all have to obsess about whether anyone is Jewish or not. why not judge them on their actions instead."

But that's exactly what for the most part we have been doing. I admit that Blacklisted Dictator did take us off track just a tad, but do not hold it against him. After all, like can be pretty dull for out-of-work dictators, and they need to kick over the traces once in a while.

Incidentally, humour injections are available at most Jewish households evenings and weekends. You want to see if you can get yourself an invitation.

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