So how did the “all-action” Budget announcement go? Opinion might seem divided over an increase in the bank levy, say, but in one area at least, chancellor George Osborne made a good choice: presentation. It’s never easy when you have to stand up in front of a nation and tell it that things are not, actually, changing much, and in spite of all the great investment you have planned, life is still going to be pretty tight and your growth forecast smaller then anticipated. It’s never easy to figure out how to dress to deliver pain. But overall, in his barely-blue shirt, dark suit and optimistically royal-purple neckwear, he did all right. Read more
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