The first thing that strikes me about Osborne is that for all his austere reputation, he’s not really that overbearing. He’s relatively quiet, rarely deviating from the official lines when he’s in interview mode, but a little more relaxed when he’s with his entourage. His demeanour, interactions, and answers to questions are methodical and logical. He’s confident in his own ability but fairly functional. Often there’s the sense that he is convinced his solution to a political problem is so obviously the correct answer that it’s just a matter of time before everyone else in politics catches up.