After announcing even more welfare cuts on Monday, George Osborne attempted to lighten the mood and quote 'Trainspotting', a film based on a group of jobless down-and-outs addicted to heroin.
"Choose jobs. Choose enterprise. Choose security. Choose prosperity, investment, fairness, freedom. Choose David Cameron, choose the Conservatives, choose the future!"
Inspiring stuff from the Chancellor that got a a room full of Tory devotees clapping their hands in austerity-ridden glee.
Which was quite the opposite response from 'Trainspotting' author, Irvine Welsh...
Would rather have Fred and Rose West quote my characters on child care than that cunt Osbourne quote them on choice.— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) September 29, 2014
— Ossie Ikeogu (@redikki) September 29, 2014
If Im as good a judge of character as I think I am, I suspect Irvine Welsh will be delighted at George Osborne invoking trainspotting #cpc14— Adam Evans (@holyguacamole12) September 29, 2014
But at least Welsh did then go on to offer some perspective.
Obviously not impressed by Osbourne's Trainspotting refs, but there are bigger reasons to detest that twat than him ripping off a poxy book.— Irvine Welsh (@IrvineWelsh) September 30, 2014
Needless to say whose side most people were on.
Irvine Welsh is upset with George Osborne. Good.— George Smiley (@364690) September 30, 2014
Love this guy more for this. Already loved him for telling me about getting battered haggis when in Edinburgh. #welshSeptember 30, 2014