Darling started by telling the House he would not be taking any risks. This naturally started a round of jeering from the opposition. OK I've let a lot of his waffle wash over me. Every statement starts with "I can announce today" and finishes with "in 2000 and whenever."
This guy should be wearing a mask, he is blatantly stealing policies put forward at the Conservative conference. The NONDOMs tax, air travel tax and inheritance tax. He's jiggled the figures a bit but they are Tory policies, what a bloody cheek after the piss poor week they've just had. You'd think they would try and show a little honesty for a change.
Gordon Brown bottled out of an election because he faced losing to these policies. He has got some neck on him to nick them in broad daylight. The inheritance tax threshold rise to £600,000 is all SPIN, married couples get that anyway, so he's spent nothing!
George Osborne was superb, ripping up Darling and his waffle for all to see. Just for good measure George also tore into Gordon Brown, saying that he was having to wait for the Tories to tell him what his vision for the country was.
Basically Darling has increased borrowing, increased taxes and cut spending.
Following Alistair Darling's speech, the police reported that the crime figures for theft went up drastically today.