The Lib Dems are keen to tell the media that they watered down the worst excesses of the George Osborne’s Budget, but Polly Toynbee has them eloquently banged to rights.
‘True some yellow ribbons decorated the axe handle, but they barely impeded the executioner’s swing.’
So, did anyone other than Dave and George have any influence on the Budget?
Step forward, Iain Anderson, director of financial lobbying shop Cicero Consulting. Writing on ConservativeHome, he says:
‘For me this marks the end of a long and hard fought campaign to scrap the compulsion to buy a pension annuity at age 75.’