A budget speech marathon proved a pain in the back, quite literally, for India’s new Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley, as back spasms stopped him in mid-flow during his Budget speech in Parliament.
The 2013 Chancellor speech that sets out the budget coughed and spluttered itself across the finishing line at a fast and furious pace after a full hour in this aspiration-filled yet frequently interrupted piece of Commons theatre.
India’s budget speech, set for March 16th, manages to mix modernity with tradition retaining some characteristic flavours of the past with features of the present.
George Osborne’s 2011 Budget speech followed a centuries old tradition of Chancellors’ speeches to the House of Commons. This was a short but not surprising speech. It’s clear his public speaking is growing in confidence.