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Budget 2015: give voters the state they want

Running fiscal plans five years in advance doesn't work

By Anatole Kaletsky  

George Osborne's budget continued his "pensions revolution." © Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Say one thing, then do the opposite—and get the credit for both. This rhetorical technique, sometimes attributed to Bill Clinton or Tony Blair and dubbed “triangulation,” goes back at least to the Sophists and could probably be traced to the earliest origins of politics, millennia before. George Osborne, in all five of his Budgets, culminating in today’s pre-election performance, has proved…

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