Just when I thought 2016 had made me immune to surprise at the inexplicable twists and turns in British politics, this headline appeared:
While the Evening Standard may not be the paper it once was, it's still impossible to see how editing any kind of newspaper can be fitted around a supposedly full time job as an MP, with a constituency office 160 miles to the North. There are also some glaring conflicts of interest.
It's hard to work out who should be most offended by the connotations of this appointment: Osborne's Cheshire constituents; proper journalists or fellow politicians. The answer is probably all three.
But at least the news gave us this Twitter exchange.
Under Lebedev's ownership the Standard has increasingly appeared to curry favour with senior Conservatives. In 2013 the paper's former art critic and political columnist Brian Sewell pointed out the paper was in danger of becoming "Boris's newspaper", such was the regularity and flattering nature of its pro-Boris puff pieces.
Sewell, who died in 2015, said the paper was "largely run by young and inexperienced people" and said it had lost its "authority" and "clout".
Osborne's appointment will do little to up the experience at the paper. His editorial experience to date stretches to a brief stint freelancing for the Telegraph and two unsuccessful job applications to the Economist and The Times.
Boris Johnson's holiday with Evgeny Lebedev was "purely personal" [snipelondon.com]
Osborne's new job confirms disturbing Tory dominance of the media [Guardian]