The first Tory budget in 18 years prompts a mass Die-In outside parliament.
Inside the Commons it’s a mass Die-In of the Labour party .
Osborne’s hour didn’t just make the political weather it changed the political climate.
Harriet Harman’s response began by lamenting the non-electrification of the Midlands mainline.
Mind you, she’d just been hit by a train.
Benefits. Subsidies. Tax. Pay.
Gordon Brown’s transformative budgets were written in an age of boom and borrowing. Osborne has achieved the same scale of change in an age of austerity.
Every Labour fox was destroyed. Not just shot but run over with a combine harvester.
Never mind deciles and target audiences and the calculus of electoral investment – Osborne has destroyed the opposition. And in an act of retrospective slaughter he destroyed Ed Miliband’s opposition as well.