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Sebastian Payne @SebastianEPayne
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Today’s @FinancialTimes #budget2018 special is a thing of beauty. Twenty pages of reporting, analysis and opinion - plus our regular paper. Available in all good newsagents!
@FinancialTimes Our #Budget2018 opinion offering:

- @martinwolf_ says this is the largest discretionary fiscal loosening since the OBR’s creation in 2010. Hammond is handing his fiscal gift right back to the electorate.

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- @robertshrimsley says Hammond is offering money with menaces - i.e. vote for our Brexit deal or the pumpkin gets it. A budget for his colleagues as much as the country.

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- @RuthLeaEcon thinks the chancellor is applying the no-deal Brexit frighteners once again and Project Fear has returned.

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- @rbrharrison concludes that public services are putting pressure on fiscal prudence. The UK’s deficit has stabilised but the debt burden remains dangerously high.

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- @MoiraONeill writes that Hammond has granted business the main items on its wish list, particularly on tackling the high street.

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- I think Hammond has struck a delicate balance before Brexit, but there was disappointingly a lack of radicalism.

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- The @FinancialTimes editorial board says Hammond has adopted an Augustinian stance: let me be virtuous but not quite yet.

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- @RanaForoohar thinks Hammond is following in Donald Trump’s footsteps with his proposed digital services tax.

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