Hey presto! With the last announcement in the last minute of his last Budget speech Gordon Brown has sought to re-write the history of the Brown decade at the Treasury and to wrong-foot the Tories for the next decade.
This chancellor's been called many things - some good, some bad - but rarely has anyone called him a tax cutter or a tax reformer.
His hope is that today's speech will change that. No chance, say his enemies pointing out that what "the Gord giveth the Gord taketh away". And it's true that he had no money to spend today.
Had it not been for these tax changes we would have been focussing on the pain caused by the tightest public spending figures for more than a decade.
Instead Gordon Brown delivered a Budget that reminded me of the great pre-election tax cutting Budgets of old. A leadership election looms. Then, who knows, could he be tempted for an early dash to the polls?