Budget 2017: Best Twitter reaction
Politicians, journalists and voters weigh in on the contents of Philip Hammond’s Red Box
Amid speculation about his own political future, Chancellor Philip Hammond delivered his Autumn Budget this afternoon.
Among the major announcements were an additional £350m of winter funding for the NHS, £3bn towards preparations for Brexit, a freeze on fuel duty and the scrapping of stamp duty on homes worth up to £300,000 for first-time buyers.
But not everyone was feeling the love. The BBC’s Nick Robinson said the new health and welfare funding announced by Hammond would only scratch the surface of demand: “£2.8 bn more for NHS (over 4 years) + £1.5 bn for Universal Credit + pledge to fund nurses pay rise = Hammond putting plaster on political wounds,” he said.
Meanwhile, Labour tried to ‘get down with the kids’ on Twitter by portraying the Budget in the form of a text chat between Theresa May and Philip Hammond:
Which went down about as well as you’d expect:
Jeremy Corbyn’s fiery response speech also divided observers - for some, it was the perfect example of the passion that won Labour legions of new voters, while others found it all a bit loud and incoherent.
Hammond’s decision to throw in a few gags didn’t go down too well, either:
But the beleaguered Chancellor did have his defenders, including the editor of The Spectator, Fraser Nelson, who chimed in on taxes and wages under the Conservative government:
On the whole, says BBC political correspondent Norman Smith, Hammond managed to get through a tricky Budget relatively unscathed: