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Budget 2020: the structure of government has changed but the hard economic choices have not

Institutional tinkering between Nos 10 and 11 is no substitute for confronting the trade-offs inherent in policymaking

By Tim Pitt  

The chancellor's ministerial box. Photo: Chris J Ratcliffe/PA Wire/PA Images

As Rishi Sunak prepares for his first Budget next week, much has been made of the apparent No 10 takeover of the Treasury, following Sajid Javid’s resignation as chancellor over the prime minister’s demand he sack his advisers.

Tension between Nos 10 and 11 has a long history, of course: think of Margaret Thatcher and Nigel Lawson; and the Treasury is full of tales of how bad relations were when Tony Blair and Gordon Brown were neighbours. Allegedly the…

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