Isn't it about time we started asking why the date of the budget hasn't been set? If there is a May 6th election, the last date for the budget would surely be March 24th. The week after is Easter and the week after that is the time the election would have to be called. It is normal practice to give a month's notice of the budget. It's difficult to see how that will happen this year.
Last year the budget date of April 22 was announced on 12 February. (see HERE)
In 2008 the budget date of March 12 was announced on 1 February. (see HERE)
What is Alistair Darling afraid of? Could it be that he will announce that the budget will be held after the election? If so, that would tell us all we need to know about what is likely to be in it.
I called the Treasury Press Office and was told that an announcement would be made "shortly". Whatever that means.