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It's not that George Osborne, Chancellor of the Exchequer, doesn't know what 7 x 8 is. It's that he's "made it a rule in life not to answer a load of maths questions."
Whoaaaa there, Mr. Chancellor. You're not fooling anyone with this dodge.
George Osborne, the UK's Chancellor of the Exchequer — a position that other nations call the Minister of Finance or the Secretary of the Treasury — was fielding questions from a panel of children on Sky News when 7-year-old Sam Raddings, with a rascally twinkle in his eye, turned up the heat.
After Osborne had bragged about his math skills — "I did maths A-level so I have been tested at school" — Sam gave the chancellor an opportunity to put his money where his mouth was by solving a very simple math problem.
"What's 7 times 8?" he asked.
Osborne proved an inartful dodger with his fumbling response.
Sure, answering on-the-spot questions about multiplication tables is a tough task for any person over the age of 13. But really, Osborne should have done better than this.
Did Sam know the answer?
You bet he did.
Sam Raddings: speaking truth to power since age 7.