The Financial Times — the salmon-colored daily read by international investors and business people — is usually staid to the point of stoicism.
A front-page op-ed by the paper's city editor, Jonathan Guthrie, criticized George Osborne, the head of Britain's treasury, for issuing certain tax breaks. It was headlined "G-Dawg Splashes Out Tax Cuts Like P Diddy With Dom Pérignon in His Blingiest Giveaway."
"George Osborne could reinvent himself as a rapper if politics loses its appeal. He sprinkled his Budget – sorry “Autumn Statement” – with shout-outs to his posse (the MPs for Hereford, Burnley and Thurrock)," Guthrie wrote. "Giving back to his homies, the chancellor splashed out with tax cuts like P Diddy dispensing Dom Pérignon to a thirsty entourage."
It continues. And gets worse.
"Mr. Osborne also talked up the soljaz on the street, if the small businesses who are the backbone of our nation may be described thus," he wrote. "Having laid claim to the business ‘hood."
Online, the headline reads: "Osborne More Boy George Than Rapper."