What they said...
The choice facing the country is between securing recovery or wrecking it.
We were promised a Pre-Budget Report and what we got was a pre-election report.
This is a good Budget for bingo and boilers.
It's clear that the NIC rises mean a brake on employment growth. While everyone understands the importance of restoring the public finances to a sustainable path, a tax on jobs is not the way to do it.
The key theme of this year's PBR is prudence postponed.