The Spring Statement was a non-event.
The OECD gave us the clearer picture – that the economy is bumping along the bottom of the G20, well behind the likes of Australia, Canada and the Euro area.
The OBR’s fresh forecasts are still a long way behind the figures estimated in March 2016 before the EU referendum.
It is time the government was honest with the public: there will need to be tax increases to pay for the NHS and social care, police and schools.
This is why the Liberal Democrats have advocated a penny in the pound income tax increase for health and care and why we must scrap cuts in Capital Gains Tax and Inheritance Tax introduced since 2015.