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The £5.4 billion government surplus masks a larger economic issue

21 February 2023

11:54 PM

21 February 2023

11:54 PM

There have been celebrations this morning about a government surplus of £5.4 billion last month, and people are even talking about a ‘windfall’ for Chancellor Jeremy Hunt in next month’s Budget. But all this shows is how conditioned we have become to appalling economic news – and that we will grab at anything which seems to indicate a shaft of light.

Nevertheless, any talk of a government ‘surplus’ masks the very real problem the government still has

While any surplus is to be welcomed – and last month’s borrowing figures are far better than the Office for Budget Responsibility predicted – we would be...

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