The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Gra­ham huband busi­ness edi­tor

I should prob­a­bly whisper this.

But hav­ing watched the UK’S first ever spring state­ment I am start­ing the cam­paign to bring back the full Bud­get it re­places.

Be­fore knick­ers get in a twist, I am only jok­ing. Well, per­haps half-jok­ing.

Be­cause the re­al­ity is it is re­ally dif­fi­cult to make a case for the worth of the Chan­cel­lor’s eco­nomic set­piece.

It was only in late Novem­ber that I last sat down to lis­ten to Philip Ham­mond give his fi­nan­cial State of the Na­tion ad­dress.

Could so much have changed in 111 days to jus­tify the rig­ma­role that sur­rounds a ma­jor Par­lia­men­tary ad­dress by the Sec­ond Lord of the Trea­sury?

From where I was sit­ting, the an­swer was em­phat­i­cally no.

There was an up­wards re­vi­sion in the OBR’S growth fore­cast – be­fore it falls away again in 2021/22 – and there were im­proved debt fig­ures.

Oth­er­wise, there was con­fir­ma­tion the gov­ern­ment was “get­ting on with the job” of pro­vid­ing new af­ford­able homes, a good mea­sure of self con­grat­u­la­tion about how well things were go­ing and the launch of a cou­ple of con­sul­ta­tions to en­sure dig­i­tal busi­nesses pay their fair share of tax and “the role of new cash in the econ­omy”.

For Courier Coun­try there was the morsel of talks con­tin­u­ing over a Tay Cities Deal.

But there were no con­crete pro­pos­als and that is the nub of my prob­lem with the spring state­ment when com­pared to an agenda-set­ting Bud­get.

The Chan­cel­lor spoke for half an hour, but said next to noth­ing of note.

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