Well, Budget 2013 is now behind us, though the frenzied analysis continues unabated.
We heard George Osborne’s more-of-the-same speech.
We heard Ed Miliband’s “I would do roughly the same, but make things slightly worse” rebuttal (despite the deputy speaker’s unfortunate rhetorical question asking Labour backbenchers why they didn’t want to hear their own leader).
It’s time to check our scorecards and see how we fared in the Semi-Partisan Budget 2013 Drinking Game!
Well, the results are in and it looks as though I have done rather well.
The most magnificent triumph, of course, was my correctly predicting that George Osborne would have a “Marco Rubio” moment mid-speech, and urgently grasp for a glass of water. I awarded myself extra points for that prognostication.
Some, of course, could not be proven one way or the other – the ridiculous rules which still govern the filming of Parliament mean that you rarely get to see a full shot, so I’m not sure who was throwing their order papers, or popcorn, or kicking the seat of the MP in front of them.
But I will take 18/25 as a good result any day. The middle square, of course – an actual sensible policy proposal – was always out of the bounds of possibility, and needless to say did not come to pass.
I hope that you had fun playing, and I would be very interested to hear of any other similar Budget (or other politically) related games that readers may know about. Please do share them in the Comments section underneath this post, or send them to me @SamHooper.
A “fiscally neutral” budget. Rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic (to use a very tortured metaphor).
Happy Budget Day, everyone!