What to make of the budget?

Budget is a great green cop out – Nick Clegg

Chancellor fiddles while planet burns – Steve Webb

Darling fails to meet his own challenge to tackle climate change – Norman Baker

Budget will be remembered for abandoned child poverty target and gimmicks for elderly – Danny Alexander

A bad news Budget – George Osborne

And your view is…?

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  • I’m a smoker…budgets are always depresseing times for me…nice to see I will be joined in my misery this year by spirit drinkers….too optimistic on the growth forecasts…retreats on child poverty and green issues….not nearly enough done about the scandal of energy bills….the fact is that increaseing the allowence is about as effective as sticking a pin in a planet sized hole if energy companies are given licence to get away with huge price increases…

  • Read Nick Robinson’s BBC blog. This budget is full of Blairite ideas taken up by the Tories and then pinched back by the Brownians. There could scarcely be a better demonstration that New Labour and the Tories are becoming indistinguishable from one another, and both lack substantive ideas on how to tackle the real problems that are growing apace.

  • I avidly watched the political coverage yesterday and everything else I could get my hands on (taking the day off to consume it all) and it struck me that Cameron is failing to hit all the right notes with his lines and make the best use of the occasions as political theatre.

    Either Cameron is becoming increasingly regular at turning in underwhelming performances or he is losing heart at everyone else’s inability to roll-over before him.
    This could be because his line-writers have become formulaic, or that they don’t have his voice, or it could be a simple sleep-pattern problem (familial, but unprofessional for a major set-piece event, especially when nannying services, hotels and probably everthing down to masseurs are available to him and would be laid on in order to maximise his potency at the dispatch box) but the inauthenticity in his delivery made me start to wonder who is pulling his strings and how long the real power in the party will tolerate him before the axe swings again.

    Of course, I’m probably less objective than I pretend and could be mistaken – he could be the bomb live, but I get the blatant impression he is being dishonestly over-earnest in his obvious and eager impatience – who is he looking at over his shoulder?

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