A crucifying budget
He was hoping to find an outstanding zombification graphic from the excellent Mr Beau Bo D’Or. But he found only the Chancellor of the Exchequer crucified.
There is a problem with this. Unlike ordinary mortals, for whom there is the assurance of resurrection, there is no such hope for the un-dead. Cranmer is no expert on zombies, but he believes them to be finally and utterly extinguished by decapitation or breaking of the neck.
The British people are being financially crucified by this budget. The levels of debt are obscene, and, in the absence of cuts in public spending, the only option is to tax and tax again. We shall be paying for New Labour's economic incompetence for generations to come. The Spectator Observes: 'Even taking inflation into account... the amount that will be borrowed from 2008-09 to 2013-14 is more than the debt this country ran up to win World War One, World War Two and the Napoleonic Wars combined. Where Napoleon, the Kaiser and Hitler could not exhaust our national financial resources, there is a real chance that this Government might do so.'
This was a fundamentally dishonest budget with deceptive forecasts from a delusional Chancellor in damaging denial. There can now be no hope or expectation that Alastair Darling may ever be resurrected, at least politically.
Whether New Labour be cremated or buried six feet under is unimportant. Whether they have an open-air pyre floating down the Thames or a clinical incineration in Hounslow is immaterial. They are dead, undeniably and reliably, not only merely but really and most sincerely.