Corridors of power

10 March 2021

The chancellor accidentally takes a truth drug just before his Budget speech…

Madam Deputy Speaker: As you know, preparing this Budget has been a challenge. On the one hand we’ve squillions of debts which have to be paid off. On the other, my backbenchers, particularly from the Red Wall areas, scream at the slightest mention of the word taxes and for someone like me with, dare I say, leadership aspirations, that’s not a good place to be in.

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