— Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 20, 2013
After last year’s debacle the most important thing you can say is that Osborne has not done himself or his party any harm by today’s statement.
There were just enough goodies shared out amongst key interest groups that Osborne has made as good a job as he could with the few options that he had at his disposal.
But beyond that it is hard to to see much change in the public mood.
The real problem the government has got is that it is failing to meet the targets that it set itself and these will be thrown at ministers time and time again.
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