On Wednesday afternoon at 12:30pm here on Governmentitus we will be live blogging the last Budget before the General Election in cooperation with a number of other blogs. The Budget will be carried on all major television channels except for BBC1 which will be showing Bargain Hunt (no, really!).
Importantly for us, we will be looking carefully at the different ways that channels report and editorialise the announcements. We'll be able to compare, for the first time here, one event reported several ways in a live environment. Good for bias checkers as well as important for everyone who pays tax in the UK.
The Chancellor’s speech will certainly be a political affair rather than a fiscal exercise, so we can expect plenty of unaffordable goodies deferred until after the Election with a challenge issued to the Conservatives to oppose them.
This chat will be a collaboration between A Tangled Web, All Seeing Eye, Barking Spider, Biased-BBC, Corrugated Soundbite, Dick Puddlecote, Governmentitus, GrumpyOldTwat(thanks for the pic!), Man Widdecombe, and Subrosa - all excellent and highly recommended blogs. If you haven't been to some of them before then please take this chance to try them out.
From Biased-BBC, All Seeing Eye and David Mosque will be in the moderators chair so it'll feel just like our regular Question Time evenings. To catch the live blogging, come back here on Wednesday, March 24th just after noon.