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Philip Hammond is condemned to live in interesting times

"The big picture is set not by anything that the Chancellor decided, but by the context that the country finds itself in"

By Tom Clark  

Chancellor Philip Hammond delivers his Autumn Statement, 2rd November 2016 ©PA/PA Wire/PA Images

He is proud to be a grey man of a Chancellor, and today Philip Hammond set out to be boring. So boring, in fact, that he announced he would be rationing his big set-piece turns on the national stage to one a year—this was to be the last Autumn Statement as such, there would be a single Budget in future. It was all a…

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