24 March 2010

A budget for marking time

So there you are. Steady as she goes. No boat rocking before 6 May. The odd smartie tossed - somewhat negligently, it should be said - in the direction of those who might put their crosses in the right box. A gentle kick in the goulies of those beyond the pale. Civil servants once again cursed with finding (or not finding) so-called efficiency savings.

But nothing on the biggie, where the serious cuts in 2011 et seq will fall. Trident? Aircraft carriers? Welfare benefits? High speed rail lines? Nor is there anything on the tax increases for the same period, but you can put your shirt on an increase in VAT. All this will be resolved in future budgets and spending reviews.

So full steam ahead for the election. As they say, bring it on!

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