Philip Hammond faces trickiest budget for a generation
the Guardian -

These are not normal times: the chancellor is unable to fund giveaways by raising taxes in the hope the public will forget them

In normal times, the first budget after a general election is a predictable affair. The chancellor of the exchequer stands up, conjures up the ghost of Sir Stafford Cripps, administers some pain and quickly moves on. In Westminster it is known as aligning the economic and political cycles. In plain English, it means getting the bad news out of the way early in order...

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