The Guardian has a headline this morning saying that George Osborne will come to the Commons to defend his Budget later today. It would be more accurate to say – as the paper goes on to do in the text of its article – that he is defending his career.

While it may not be altogether significant that a poll on This Blog found nearly 99 per cent of 1,182 respondents thought Osborne should resign as Chancellor – it’s a poll of visitors to the site and cannot be said to be scientifically balanced, it is significant that YouGov has found satisfaction with the Chance(llo)r to be at a low level also:

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In brief, he’s facing wipeout as a political force.

And his Budget has turned the Conservative Party into a political farce.

George Osborne will come to the House of Commons today to launch a career-salvaging operation.

Last week’s budget arguably caused more damage to his party than any of the other seven he has delivered (even the “omnishambles” one did not trigger a major cabinet resignation) and this morning a YouGov poll for the Times has some damning figures on his current standing.

Osborne is reportedly planning to adopt a relatively chastened tone, admitting that the plan to cut the Personal Independent Payment (a disability benefit), which he has now abandoned, was a mistake. He also plans to praise Iain Duncan Smith, who resigned on Friday over the proposed PIP cut.

Source: Osborne prepares to defend budget as Ken Clare questions whether welfare cuts ruled out – Politics Live | Politics | The Guardian

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