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Ray of hope

The chancellor delivered a budget that will temporarily distract from the trials of today by encouraging us to look to the sunshine rays of tomorrow, says Lucy Brennan

12 May 2016

In his 2016 Budget, the phrase which George Osborne turned to more than any other was 'the next generation'. In fact, the only three word phrase used more often in his speech was, 'Mr Deputy Speaker'.

This was, therefore, a budget that aimed to dispel the gathering storm clouds around the immediate future and direct the nation's gaze to a more pleasant tomorrow.

Of course, the chancellor could not simply dismiss the concerns that many savers, businesses and commentators have about the current state of the economy; particularly those macro, global factors which may further squeeze the public purse and undo many of the fiscal results that the (largely) Conservative campaign of 'austerity' has looked to achieve.

With the 'we're all in this together' mantra still looming over the government, the issue of tax avoi...

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