THIS was a shambolic, shameful, pitiful Budget, more interested in grabbing headlines, trying to get the Chancellor in the slot for a future place in No. 10 (Downing Street) and trying to lay political traps.
This was not a Budget for the future of Britain. My right hon. Friend the Member for Oldham West and Royton (Mr Meacher) had it down to a T: this is a Budget to provide cover for the Chancellor (George Osborne, Conservative, Tatton) to shrink the size of the state. That is all that this has been about.