... was even better than I expected.
I almost ... but only almost ... felt sorry for Cameron. I think he had thought he was back at his hobby of stag-hunting, stalking an aging, wounded beast. Then suddenly the stag turned, charged at him full tilt and stuck its antlers somewhere very painful.
Poor David. It just can't have been like that at Eton's debating society. Surely a chap isn't allowed to change the terms of debate just before you stand up to deliver your carefully rehearsed speech?
This was also a redistributive budget - try sticking different wage rates for a couple with kids into the BBC/KPMG budget calculator to calculate this - the PWC figures quoted by the BBC say that in 2008:
- "Anyone earning between about £17,000 and £40,000 a year will be better off
- Those earning less than about £17,000 will lose from the abolition of the 10p tax rate but they should more than claw it back from working tax credit
- Those on £43,000 will pay £20 a year more in tax"