James Forsyth

What’s the right response to boredom?

What's the right response to boredom?
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The spin ahead of the Budget is that it is going to be really quite dull, a chance for Darling to remind us of his ability to bore us all into submission. The Treasury keeps stressing that there are no rabbits to be pulled out of hats.

Either this is an elaborate double-bluff or we are all going to need to heavily caffeinate ourselves to get through the speech, my money—the £1.79 for a coffee at Pret to be precise—is on the latter. If Darling plays it Boycott straight, it poses a challenge for David Cameron. Most of his backbenchers, and his grassroots, will be looking for a morale boosting, knockabout speech. But if he delivers that, there’s a danger that it allows Darling to contrast his grown-up, sober approach with the flippancy of the Tories.

Written byJames Forsyth

James Forsyth is Political Editor of the Spectator. He is also a columnist in The Sun.

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