Osborne is denying Conservatives their election breakthrough

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Fresh evidence has emerged that George Osborne, the shadow Chancellor, is acting like a drag on David Cameron's campaign to win power on Thursday. A special poll of economists and financial analysts by Ipsos Mori shows that Cameron's campaign would take off if only he ditched Osborne.

In a poll of influential City figures asked to judge economic competence, Ken Clarke was the top choice to take over the helm at the Treasury again.

Clarke was John Major's Tory Chancellor from 1993 to 1997, when he handed over to Gordon Brown a golden economy compared to the car wreck being handed on by Brown.

Osborne - seen by many as a flash spiv compared to the reassuringly solid Clarke - came a poor fourth in the poll, conducted by Ipsos Mori for Reuters. He trailed behind the Labour Chancellor Alistair Darling and the Liberal Democrat Treasury spokesman Vince Cable.

Not sure there's much to add to that.

Except, I suppose, "I told you so".