George Osborne refused to answer a simple times table as a panel of children quizzed him on his maths skills.
Asked to give the answer to 7x8 by Samuel Raddings, aged 7 from Manchester, one of the panel
’s youngest interviewers, the Chancellor
said he made it a "rule in life not to answer a load of maths questions".
Samuel helped out the Chancellor pointing out with no hesitation that 7x8 equals 56.
The young interviewer from a panel of readers of First News - the UK's first national newspaper for young people - had previously asked Mr Osborne whether he was “good at maths”.
The Chancellor said he had done a “maths A-Level” and had been “tested at school”.
“Of course there is a lot of maths in my job but it is also about making judgments about where the Government should spend its money”, he added.