For those armed with a checklist of clichés and groaning gags, this was a Budget of highs and lows.
But few afficiandos of English history could have foreseen the jibe based on the 600th anniversary of Agincourt, celebrated by Shakespeare as a victory secured by a band of brothers. “Not something that the party opposite can hope for”.
“Two Jags” Prescott has now been replaced by “Two Kitchens” Miliband. Wishing to clarify the concept of the “Internet of things”, the Chancellor cited the example of someone with two kitchens being able to control both fridges from the same mobile phone. Boom, boom!