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Budget 2010: Another day in paradise with Darling

Publié par Clifford Armion le 25/03/2010

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Simon Hoggart

"It was yet another Big Rock Candy Mountain budget. Readers may recall the Burl Ives record about a poor, cold, tired hobo who sings about the fantastical land with "the birds and the bees and the cigarette trees, where the lemonade springs and the bluebird sings ..."

"Yup, that's where we're living now, although the chancellor might have ruled out "the lake of stew and of whiskey too", since whisky is up 36p a bottle, while stew tax remains unchanged. I do like New Labour budgets. For just one hour you think you are living in dreamland, a Shangri-La, where if life is not yet quite perfect, it will be very soon. Then you wake up.

"To be fair to Alistair "Interesting" Darling, not many people actually slept through this one. I scanned the gallery used by the peers, who included Lords Mandelson, Myners and Barnett. Unlike Geoffrey Howe a while back they actually stayed awake, although by the end they seemed to have faded. They looked like fish that had been landed on the dockside and finally decided to stop flapping."

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"Budget 2010: Another day in paradise with Darling", La Clé des Langues [en ligne], Lyon, ENS de LYON/DGESCO (ISSN 2107-7029), mars 2010. Consulté le 24/06/2024. URL: https://cle.ens-lyon.fr/anglais/archives/archives-revue-de-presse/budget-2010-another-day-in-paradise-with-darling