"Gordon Brown the Chancellor yesterday gave Gordon Brown the future prime minister a platform to call an early election provided he reaches No 10. " - The Times
Ed: I predicted this several weeks ago. If Gordon moves in to No10, then he has to consolidate his rather weak position as quickly as possible and before either the opposition parties strengthen or the electoral boundaries are re-drawn.
Either way, economists agree that the budget was a "smoke and mirrors" trick, leaving everyone - apart from the wealthy - worse off in the end and paying more tax.
No surprises there!