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Budget 2013

#1
So George is off and running. Probably no major surprises to come, but true to form, the "honourable members" are behaving like a chimpanzees tea party.
I sometimes wish the Speaker (deputy Hoyle in this case) had the bottle to sling a few of them out on their ears. Balls in particular is behaving in his normal obnoxious manner - it would make my day to see him turfed out before having the chance to reply on behalf of the opposition. If it wasn't such a serious business, it would be hilarious.
Bunch of children (on all sides).
 
#4
What exactly will it take to reduce the sacred cow of Overseas Aid? Ring-fenced at 0.7% of GDP. I suppose it gives them (and various despots) a warm glow before they are tucked up at night.

Some good news on re-allocation of a % of bankers bonuses to Service Charities.
 
#10
Wow! Let's get down the pub. Proposed 3p rise in beer duty axed, plus a further 1p reduction on a pint of beer. Welcome, but it will take a lot more to drag the pub trade off its deathbed - hammering the supermarkets would be a start.
 
#11
I like Lindsay Hoyle, the deputy Speaker. "I cannot understand an opposition that doesn't want to hear its own leader"! :)
Good man - can he replace Bercow now please?
Ed now into soundbite overdrive.
 
#15
What a crap response even when faced with a gaping open goal.

Cheap shots about long past events - not even related to the budget. Deputy Speaker should say - if you are not going to talk about the subject at hand then sit down ( you goggle-eyed imitation of a kid's popular puppet)
 

Wordsmith

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#17
He's actually taken some measures to stimulate growth - like taking many small business out of paying NI. Pity he didn't do it 2 years ago.

He's still out of his depth though. You probably couldn't reduce public spending any faster without impacting on growth. What he could have done 2 years ago was cut wasteful public spending (all the 'non-jobs' in the public sector) and spend the money saved there on infrastructure projects. He's only starting to do that now. (He binned a lot of infrastructure projects in his first budget, but kept the non-jobs).

A boy in a man's job and only still there because he's Call Me Dave's mate.

Wordsmith
 

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