Meat-free Budget provides little nourishment

"Economic policy does not exist in a vacuum," said Chancellor Philip Hammond, but for most of his Budget speech it felt like he was talking into one.

A laden, scripted gag about "it's not called the last Labour Government for nothing" was as good as the first half got. Even the packed Tory benches couldn't raise much more than a chuckle.

The screen cut to the member for Tatton, with George Osborne - instinctively seeing into the TV director's mind - raised an eyebrow, when the current Chancellor referenced his immediate pre... You can carry on reading for free, but you have reached the maximum number of pages an unregistered user can view. To register for an account, click here or login below...