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Budget 2015: the nous behind the numbers

Osborne's predictions mostly won't happen, but they set an ideal framework for the short campaign

By Peter Kellner  

The budget will provide plenty of material for George Osborne to use when he dons his hi-viz for the campaign trail. © Andrew Matthews/PA Archive/Press Association Images

It won’t happen. On the face of it, George Osborne promised a teaspoon of jam today, none tomorrow and a large jar the day after at the Budget yesterday. His immediate, pre-election offering was of small…

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