Wednesday, 22 April, 2009
"A government that made such large claims for the quality of its economic stewardship hardly deserves to survive such a debacle."
That was the verdict of Martin Wolf, the Financial Times' seasoned commentator to today's Budget. Tonight on Newsnight we devote the whole show to analysing one of the most important budgets in living memory. Could the Chancellor pull off the almost impossible task of convincing the nation that public finances were really under control? And what does it mean for our economy and our politics if he cannot?
Newsnight Economics Editor Paul Mason and Political Editor Michael Crick lead the charge as we take apart the fine detail and measure the impact inside and outside the commons chamber. We'll be putting the thumb screws on politicians from all three parties' treasury teams to try to learn what Mr Darling got right and what he got wrong. And our panel of political insiders will be reading the runes on a Budget which, if it fails, could prove terminal for the government's electoral prospects.
All that and more at 10.30pm on BBC Two.