“For the past 150 years British chancellors have been carrying their budget papers in the briefcase first used by William Gladstone. However, that box was retired last year and George Osborne is the first chancellor to try out a new one. In time-honoured tradition he held it aloft outside Number 11 Downing street for the media this morning.”
“In 1997 Gordon Brown ordered a new briefcase. Four trainees from the Rosyth dockyard in Scotland made the case and appeared on the steps of Number 11 on Budget day for a photo-opportunity with the new Chancellor.
Come on BBC, we know you ‘ve had your own budget problems but get your act together!