5 live's Budget Day Coverage
But attention diverted elsewhere does nothing to alter the stark economic picture the Chancellor George Osborne is staring at.
Take these statistics for size.
The economy shrank in the last three months of 2010.
The government expects to borrow £148bn this year. That's 10% of the country's economic output, a post-war record and one of the worst deficits amongst economically advanced countries.
And most Whitehall departments have been told they must cut spending by around a fifth within the next four years.
So what should we look out for when Mr Osborne gets to his feet in the Commons?
Will there be any let up in the squeeze on public spending? What will ministers do to get private businesses going? Will the Chancellor scrap a planned increase in fuel duty? Will he go after the banks?
On Wednesday Westminster will be buzzing. Politicians, pundits and policy wonks will be beavering through the Chancellor's Red Book to tell us what they think it all means.
And Richard Bacon and Peter Allen will be at Westminster all afternoon to talk to them on 5live.
But I'll be escaping the Westminster village - and along with 5 live Money's Steph McGovern - heading to Falmouth in Cornwall. How is life for people there and what will they make of what George Osborne has had to say?
Meanwhile 5 live's north west of England reporter Judy Hobson will be going to Chorley in Lancashire to get a sense of what people there make of what they are hearing.
Our plan is Budget Day will be just the start of the conversations we'll be having with people in Falmouth and Chorley. Judy in Chorley and 5 live's south west of England reporter Sarah Ransome in Falmouth will be keeping an ear on what the residents of the respective towns are saying in the months ahead.
And why Falmouth and Chorley? Well, why not? It's our job to cover the whole of the UK, and hear perspectives from all over the country. Sometimes that means taking a look at the map and working out where we've not heard from in a while, and then going there.
So if you're in Falmouth or Chorley and want to get involved in the conversation - get in touch.
Chris Mason is 5live's Political Reporter