AFTER leaving office David Cameron piled on the pounds and was spotted sporting a pair of £225 swimshorts while splashing around outside a €20,000 per week Corsican villa. His old partner in crime, George Osborne, has taken a slightly different approach to joblessness, being filmed firing a machine gun in the jungles of Vietnam.
The former Chancellor, who has kept a low profile since skulking out of Downing Street, exorcised his demons at an old Viet Cong haunt near Ho Chi Minh city, known as Saigon back when Osborne was just a pup still named Gideon.
One bemused tourist told the Daily Mirror, who first obtained the footage and photos: “He really let rip. We were all having a bit of a laugh about it – that he was aiming at a picture of Boris Johnson or Theresa May.”
Osborne’s weapon of choice is believed to be an M60 light machine gun, used by American troops during their invasion of the south-east Asian country, and described by another tourist as “one of those really, really big machine guns – the Rambo-style one”.
The tourist attraction and tribute to communist Viet Cong soldiers who fought against the American occupiers may be seen as a strange port of call for a rightwing Chancellor who implemented a radical program of austerity and privatisation.
Given the shady tradition of senior British politicians going on to lucrative consultancy roles with despotic regimes, it could well be that the benefit-slashing champion of zero-hours contracts was simply out looking for a job in the neighbourhood.