It’s Wednesday morning, and in a few hours time Chancellor Darling will stand up in Parliament and give the Budget speech. Back in 2006, I tried to predict what would be in then-Chancellor Brown’s budget, and, for someone making random stuff up on the spot, I did surprisingly well. So I thought I’d try the same thing again this year. Here is: the Symbolic Forest Budget 2009.
- Higher taxes for old cars
- Tax rebates for new cars
- Increases to Recruitment Subsidy payments
- Lower taxes on gin*
- In fact, lower taxes on everything in the hope you’ll spend more money
Creation of a new Law of Prairial for merchant bankers.New legislation to enable majority shareholders to retrospectively alter company directors’ contracts.
- Promise to save money but in vague unspecified ways such as “efficiency”, like the Tories said they’re going to do
Just a few guesses for you there. Let’s see how I do.
Regular reader E. Shrdlu (of Clacton) writes: “Law of Prairial? Recruitment Subsidy payments? This is all getting a bit serious, isn’t it? I don’t even know what a recruitment subsidy is.”
No, neither does anyone else, I think, which is why they don’t seem to have had much effect.
* I put this one in last time – well, I can keep hoping