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This Autumn Statement was a study in evasion

How successful were Hammond and McDonnell's strategies?

By John McTernan  

Shadow chancellor John McDonnell responds to Philip Hammond's Autumn Statement ©PA/PA Wire/PA Images

There are two days on which the opposition can get no coverage: Budget day, and Autumn Statement day. There is nothing unfair about this. It is a defensible, indeed correct, news judgment reflecting the iron law that governments get up thinking about what they are going to do while oppositions can only think about what they are going to say. The permanent danger of…

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