24th May 1862: First journey on the London Underground: “One of several pre-opening trial trips on the Metropolitan Railway, at Edgware Road. The then Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Rt Hon William Gladstone and his wife, and John Fowler the engineer are among the invited party aboard Smith & Knight’s open wagons. This was a special trial trip in a contractor’s train on the first section of the Metropolitan Railway” - London Transport Museum
Customers outside a pub in Walworth, London, raising their glasses to celebrate cheaper beer. In his budget the previous day, Neville Chamberlain Chancellor of the Exchequer, lowered the price of beer by a penny a pint. 1933.
So here's something I did not know when I picked up Jonathan Coe's newest novel, Number 11. That phrase, "Number 11," is a kind of shorthand, a phrase that instantly means (to any British person, or people more worldly than me) the home of the chancellor of the exchequer. Something else I didn't know? What the chancellor of the exchequer is. As a matter of fact, I'm still not entirely clear on that.
George osborne (1971 - ) a British Conservative Party politician who has been Chancellor of the Exchequer since 2010 and Member of Parliament (MP) for Tatton since 2001... In early March 2015, he announced that the UK had decided to apply to join the Bank, becoming the first major Western country to do so.