U.K. treasury chief George Osborne celebrates a smaller gender wage gap, forgetting it shouldn't exist at all.

U.K. treasury chief George Osborne celebrates a smaller gender wage gap, forgetting it shouldn't exist at all.
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As U.K. treasury chief George Osborne revealed the country's budget in an annual speech to parliament on Wednesday, he scored cheers on what he clearly envisioned as a winning moment—but those cheers quickly turned to criticism when people took to Twitter. 

"The independent statistics confirm that since 2010 child poverty is down," said Osborne. "Pensioner poverty is down; inequality is down; and the gender pay gap has never been smaller."

Uh-oh: "never been smaller?"

The fact that women are underpaid at all is egregious, which people quickly reminded Osborne of. It seems as if the tone-deaf comment bothered U.K. Twitter more than steeping tea too long, or whatever it is bothers British people

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And remember, that was supposed to be the speech's good news. Not the British government's most inspiring work. Right, Winston Churchill? Or, you know, whoever the Brits like.

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