Isabel Hardman

Voters won’t be able to make an informed choice in May

Voters won't be able to make an informed choice in May
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If there's one major takeaway from this morning's Budget interviews, it is that voters won't get the opportunity to make as informed a choice as many would like in May. George Osborne refused to set out the detail of the £12 billion of welfare cuts he will make in the next Parliament and gave a classic politician's answer on defence spending, which was that 'we are promising to keep our country safe'.

Meanwhile Ed Balls ended up telling the Today programme that he wouldn't reverse anything from the Budget, claiming it was pretty 'empty'. He said what he was worried about were those spending cuts in what the OBR calls the 'roller coaster' planned for the next Parliament.

We didn't learn a great deal about either of the main parties yesterday, and we may not learn much more in what looks to be a rather repetitive election campaign.

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Written byIsabel Hardman

Isabel Hardman is assistant editor of The Spectator. She also presents Radio 4’s Week in Westminster and is author of Why We Get The Wrong Politicians.

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