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Could Ed Balls have delivered the Autumn Statement?

Working-age social security is set to emerge as the new right/left dividing line

By Andrew Harrop  

Was the old Shadow Chancellor speaking through George Osborne? © Stefan Rousseau/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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This was a Spending Review Ed Balls could have delivered, were it not for the chancellor’s plans for working-age social security. More on those in a moment. But when it came to departmental spending, George Osborne yesterday looked like a centrist social democrat.

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