Osborne "shocked". Yeah, yeah.
George Osborne says he is shocked to discover - what "the dogs in the street" know - that very rich people (such as his old chums in the Bullingdon) avoid paying tax. On the other hand, Osborne is a multi-millionaire who only a week or so ago said that he did not pay tax at 50%; suggesting his own wealth is creatively managed. Osborne's shock is rather like that of Claude Rains in Casablanca, on discovering that gambling is going on at Rick's; although Osborne is a far less congenial character than Captain Renault.