In terms of measures, apart from a scandalous hike in National Insurance for employees and employers (great way to create jobs, eh?), there was very little that hadn't been
The biggest surprise for me was the prediction that the recession would be over by the third quarter of 2009. If Alistair Darling really believes that, I would be very surprised. He's certainly made a rod for his own back on that one. What's the betting that by this time next year the borrowing figures and tax take predictions will have to be heavily revised.
George Osborne gave a very strong performance today with some great attack lines. He received good support from Tory MPs and Labour MPs seemed surprised that his attacks were hitting home so well. If his position was in danger (which it wasn't!) it certainly isn't now. I just had a phone call from an MP friend of mine (not a Conservative) who said: "This wasn't George Osborne. It was Ozzy Osborne - drawing blood!"
Jeff Randall just said on Sky News that he wondered how Alistair Darling could deliver that speech with a straight face. Quite. Let's see if the British people see it the same way.