Unfortunately the Chancellor chose a rainy day to repeat his boast that the Government would mend the roof while the sun was shining but his meaning was clear: the cuts would go ahead; the long-term economic plan was working.

In his second Budget of 2015, the first without a coalition partner, George Osborne held up Greece as a warning of what happens when a country fails to control its debt and said that the UK has left the "age of irresponsibility" behind.

However, he warned: "Britain still spends too much, borrows too much, and our weak productivity shows we don't train enough or build enough or invest enough."

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