It is clear that Brown and Darling knew they couldn’t get away without having a budget and it was clear that they didn’t really want a budget before the election either. So they had a non-event budget.
The budget that I just sat through was so lacking in any real content that I almost fell asleep and while I hate to admit it, the best bits were the shamelessly party political attacks. I have to hand it to Darling, the line about tax detail sharing with Belize was one of the high points.
But what did we actually find out? How are we going to address the deficit? What will need to be cut? What taxes will need to rise? We got a few little titbits, a bit of stamp duty here, a few moved civil servants there but nothing of any real substance.
All the headline stuff was lifted from either the Conservatives (stamp duty and tax on extra strong cider) or from budgets of the past. The whole thing was a waste of time, Gordon should have called the election so we can get on with it and hear a new government announce a budget which might actually be implemented.