Editor's blog: Darling thinks small in Pre-Budget bore-fest

God that was dull. Where was the stirring rhetoric, the grand gesture, the bold decision making?

What a disappointment. When the big news is that bingo duty is coming down by 2% and that there is to be a boiler scrappage scheme next year, you know that not much has happened in the PBR. I’ve just watched the Chancellor’s speech in its entirety (well, as much as my struggling web connection would allow) and I am afraid to say I’m not sure it was worth the 45 minutes of my life that it took up. For an event that had the potential to be one of the more seismic economic policy announcements of the 21st Century, it was about as much fun as doing your tax return. And rather less rewarding. [CLICK HERE TO READ MORE AND COMMENT]

In today's Pre-Budget Report Special:

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Editor's blog: Darling thinks small in Pre-Budget bore-fest
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