The Journal Opinion: Ticking boxes and pulling strings

The Journal's opinion column for Thursday December 4, where we look at Chancellor George Osborne's Autumn Statement

British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne
British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne

There has been a strong senses of boxes being ticked all week by George Osborne.

That’s no bad thing when they are our boxes – as was certainly the case with the announcement about A1 dualling.

More money for the NHS is welcome, too, though it won’t make up for the horrendous mess that the Conservatives have made of NHS reform.

All Budgets and Autumn Statements are political events, with the Chancellor pulling the strings. With an election only five months away this one was always going to be more political than most. The Government has attempted to wring almost a week of favourable headlines out of one setpiece event.

Mr Osborne will have one more go at convincing the country that his way is the right way in his Budget in March. Then, at last, it will be over to us.


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