Budget 2018: The end of austerity? No, but definitely the start of spending and giveaways

Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, has surprised many with an upbeat budget full of giveaways, fanfare for the ‘end of austerity’ and a gamble on spending many billions. On the austerity point, it would be more accurate to say it is being eased, rather than ended; Mr Hammond hasn’t departed from his mantra on …

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