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The Budget is one of the key events of the year in the UK, and one that has many people turning to the FT for news and analysis. So we are always on the lookout to do something new.
Last year it was the Budget podcast, which was a mixture of news and analysis, ready to be listened to on the afternoon of the Budget – ideal for that tube journey home. It will run again this year, available from 4pm on the day.
This year we are going to run a live blog in the style of Alphaville’s Markets Live during Alistair Darling’s speech. Three of our most lively writers, Robert Shrimsley, Jamie Chisholm and Matthew Vincent will be providing the commentary, available on our Budget blog.
We will also be providing video analysis, the latest news from our industry specialists, and later in the day a Budget calculator.
Everything you’ll need will be at www.ft.com/budget
Introduction: President Obama cautiously calls bottom to the recession, but Wall Street’s finest worry about pending stress tests for the banks; anti-tax tea party protests break out in the US heartland; Thailand erupts into red-shirt versus yellow-shirt violence; and Westminister is convulsed by an internet smear campaign mounted by a top aide to Gordon Brown.
Themes of the Week: Larry Summers says the US economy has stopped falling off a cliff; Bob Gates at the Pentagon takes an axe to the military-industrial complex; Japan unveils (another) stimulus package; tensions erupt in the former Soviet borderlands in Moldova and Georgia; Royal Bank of Scotland announces 9,000 job losses in one day; and Britain’s top anti-terrorist cop resigns over a schoolboy error.
Themes of the Week: Gordon Brown produces a (slightly mangy) rabbit out of the hat at the G20 summit; Barack Obama charms his hosts in Britain, France and Germany, while turfing out Rick Wagoner at General Motors; mark-to-market accounting takes a blow; equity markets stage a bear rally; and Gillian Tett is voted Journalist of the Year in the British press awards (Sam Jones winning a highly commended citation for his ground-breaking Moody’s coverage).