The Editor 

The building Budget

The Editor

The building Budget

The shadow of Brexit and the chaos in parliament means that there has rarely been a more closely scrutinised Budget. A successful exit from the EU will require, as the Treasury put it, a country "Fit for the Future" – but with the downgraded growth forecasts revealed in the autumn Budget there is a great deal of work to make that happen, and the continued focus on deficit reduction means the chancellor, Philip Hammond, has limited fiscal firepower to deliver it. And yet, along with a couple of passable ‘dad’ jokes, Spreadsheet Phil managed to pull a rabbit out of his hat and deliver measures that seem to be coalescing into a sensible economic plan to improve the UK’s economic performance and the living standards of its people.

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