I do wish people would make up their minds.
Half of George Osborne's budget seems to consist of ideas nicked from Labour's manifesto.
A few weeks ago, we were told these policies were at best likely to be totally ineffective, at worst wildly irresponsible, veritable communism, class warfare, the politics of envy and pandering to the voter base. Now here we are, with the Times and the Mail and the Sun and Old Uncle Tom Cobbleigh and all, cheering on virtually the same policies as brilliant.
But brilliant this budget is not. The Daily Mail, in same moment of madness, has published this rather telling summary of how the measures will affect different groups of people:
Paltry increases for some, and a whopping hit for the working poor.
The only thing worse than this budget is Labour's response to it.