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March 17, 2016

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Ralph Musgrave

No.6: the emperor has no clothes phenomenon. (Or perhaps that's a re-statement of some elements of 1-5.)

Dave Timoney

The "gimmicks" that Martin Wolf complains of don't just distract the media, they perpetuate the idea that budgets are about winners and losers and therefore a zero-sum game - i.e. microeconomics rather than macroeconomics.

The essence of this "highly political" Chancellor is his belief that he is at the mercy of external factors, from the the "legacy inherited from Labour" to the "global economic outlook". This makes the opinion poll finding that the Tories are more "trusted" with the management of the economy all the more ironic.

An Alien Visitor

"This makes the opinion poll finding that the Tories are more "trusted" with the management of the economy all the more ironic."

More importantly it shows that the actual opinion of a majority of people is full of shit, based on a sustained level of brainwashing.

aragon

A week is a long time in politics:

People are now writing Osbourne's political epitaph, in the Torygraph.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/12199093/Moral-missions-make-no-sense-to-those-who-treat-politics-as-a-branch-of-PR.html


http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/conservative/12199009/IDS-has-made-Osbornes-downfall-a-certainty.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/newstopics/eureferendum/12198214/The-Chancellor-has-little-purpose-beyond-his-own-political-success.html

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/georgeosborne/12197540/Morning-Briefing-Osbornes-bittersweet-Budget.html

"The sugary coating to the Budget has worn off, with MPs now left with a particularly bitter taste in their mouths over George Osborne’s plans to cut the welfare claims of 640,000 disabled people to save £1.3 billion."

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