WAS it a “budget for building” as George Osborne would have us believe? Was it a cocky Autumn statement complete with the customary joke about a new pothole fund? Was it surprisingly liberal since Holloway Prison will now finally close so female prisoners can be housed in smaller, more “humane” local surroundings?
Or was all of that knocked into a whopping great, ermine-lined cocked hat by the biggest victory for campaigners in years over the massive, no-holds-barred, egg on yer face, just plain wrong, policy in tatters that was Gideon’s U-turn on tax credits?Honourable ladies and gentleman, I humbly suggest the latter. The only thing the Iron Chancellor got right about tax credit cuts was scrapping, not postponing or “tapering” them. And that was a bit of a surprise to everyone.