What are Budgets for? We had two last year. We had one yesterday. No-one really understands them as the detail, as ever, is always in the detail - witness the fuss already about the 1p reduction in fuel duty which may be clawed back by the oil companies who dislike the extra tax on their profits.
Budgets are old fashioned political nonsense. FTSE 100 companies work on three year rolling budgets and then more especially one year and as importantly, each quarter. They have shareholders (voters) to please.
The Treasury is too big, too wieldy, too slow and lacks any creative ambition. Most senior members of the civil service couldn't read a balance sheet and so every department is fatally flawed.
Government needs to be re-built from the bottom up.
I always was a dreamer.