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Chancellor George Osborne managed to hold on as chancellor for the whole five years of a tempestuous Parliament Reuters

Through phantom double-dip recessions and global economic crises, through omnishambles budgets and billions of pounds of public spending cuts, George Osborne has survived as the coalition government's chancellor for the whole five years of the Parliament.

As he approaches his final budget before the 2015 general election, IBTimes UK asked a number of the UK's leading economists and commentators to appraise Osborne's five years as chancellor in 150 words or less – and some even ventured a rating out of 10. Here is what they said.

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Marks out of 10 for George Osborne? Reuters
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George Osborne (L) and Danny Alexander (R), chief secretary to the Treasury Getty