'A budget for jobs'?
Any chancellor hopes that their Budget will be remembered for the measures they announce.
Alistair Darling is all too aware that today's Budget will feature in the history books not because of the policies he unveils but because of the statistics he's obliged to produce - statistics that will confirm that Britain has experienced the deepest recession and the highest level of borrowing since the war.
What will be dubbed "a budget for jobs" will come on the day when a record rise in unemployment is widely predicted. The chancellor will target help on the under-25s, promising those unemployed for over a year either training or work.
To retain economic credibility Mr Darling will announce not just a further squeeze in public spending in future years, but also further future tax rises.
Tax relief on the pension contributions of those on the highest incomes will be clawed back - a move sure to be criticised as penalising those who've saved and to be defended as asking those who can most afford it to make a bigger contribution. (My colleagae Robert Peston recently outlined the arguments for and against this approach.)
Even with lower spending and higher taxes, the chancellor will have to tell the country that he is postponing the date on which he aims to balance the books.