I'm watching the budget and trying to pay attention, but it really is so difficult when the Chancellor makes a speech with no full stops in it. He's been on his feet for 15 minutes now and I am finding it difficult to remember a single thing he has said. Has he put me in a trance? Perhaps it's just me.
Prescott is either constantly nodding off, or taking an unhealthy interest in Brown's backside. I'd be worried if I were him. More thoughtful words on the budget later... Betcha can't wait...
UPDATE: Hugo Rifkind is live blogging Gordon Brown's speech... and indeed his whole day from what I can make out. What on earth has he done to deserve that?!
UPDATE: So let me get this right. He's putting up Corporatiob Tax on small businesses to pay for a cut for larger businesses. Madness.
UPDATE: Bad start from Ming. He started: "I am already struggling to live up to the intellectual rigour of the last speech". Oh dear. Love Bob Russell's waistcoat... not.
UPDATE: Cameron is having a stormer. "The Chancellor has the worst of all worlds - the tendences of Stalin and the poll ratings of Michael Foot". Loads of other funny lines but plenty of meat too.
UPDATE: 2p off the basic rate. Great. As far as it goes. Abolishing the 10p rate will hit poorer people and increasing NI will hit middle income families. A lot of calculating to do...
UPDATE: Tony Blair is just loving Cameron's speech. He's cracking up with laughter!