Wordled: The Budget

It's difficult to find anything original to say about this Budget, since it all seems to have been said before, so let's get the clichés out of the way at the very start: 1) this is the most anticipated Budget since the second world war, 2) it was make-or-break for the Labour Party, 3) the UK is now borrowing the equivalent of half its GDP, which everyone agrees is very, very high.

The word 'business' received just six mentions. That's not very high for something which Mr Darling is often quoted calling 'the lifeblood of the economy'.

The Wordle this week shows some interesting linguistic trends within the Chancellor's statement - so without further ado, and cheating a bit by missing out 'Mr', 'Deputy' and 'Speaker' because we all knew he'd say that a lot anyway, here is our analysis of the biggest words in this week's (mostly) weekly Wordle:

Help and support

Two of the biggest words this week, you'll notice, are 'support' and 'help', both of which Mr Darling will need a lot of in the next few hours considering his opponents' damning criticisms of the speech. Smarta's new favourite politician Vince Cable called the Chancellor's growth predictions 'utter fantasy', while David Cameron called the government's economic model 'fundamentally bust'.

People

Yes, it's about fiscal policy, but primarily what the Budget is about is people - but it doesn't look as if the people are going to be on-side. While Darling announced government support for 500,000 jobs and £500m to re-start stalled housing projects, he also raised income taxes to 50% for people who earn more than £150,000 and raised fuel and alcohol duty. The people are not amused.

Investment

Ah, finally, some good news - well, sort of. Darling announced a £750m investment fund to help emerging technologies and regionally important sectors, as well as £1bn to support low-carbon economies. The Chancellor said green technology will help to lead us out of recession - but where was the help for ordinary businesses? Did we miss it?

A special award goes to the word 'business', which received just six mentions. That's not very high for something which Mr Darling is often quoted calling 'the lifeblood of the economy'.

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