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2012 Budget: Blogger Roundup

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Talking point: George Osbourne's Budget
Talking point: George Osbourne's Budget

Following George Osborne's third Budget, The Huffington Post bloggers have been giving their expert opinions on what the chancellor has done.

Conservative MP Damian Collins has highlighted Osbourne's desire to see Britain become a hub for technology and the film industry.

Collins said: "We have seen this in evidence already with the government's support for 'Tech City' in East London, where last night Google opened their new 'Campus' centre to provide a workspace and mentoring for start-up technology businesses."

Referring to the extension of production investment from the film industry to the video games industry he said: "This change will hopefully mean that more high end British TV dramas like Birdsong and Julian Fellowes' new series Titanic will be filmed here rather than abroad."

Director of the Cicero Group, Iain Anderson, chose to concentrate on the banter between Osbourne and Miliband, Wallace and Gromit jokes and all.

Policy-wise Anderson seems pleased with the planned introduction of personal tax statements. He says: "For most voters this might go a long way towards helping people decide whether or not today George Osborne was Robin Hood or the Sherriff of Nottingham!"

Head of Media Relations for The Countryside Alliance, Dylan Sharpe, is not pleased.

He starts: "A simple stat for you to start: there are four mentions of 'rural' in the Budget document released by the Treasury today and 13 for 'cities'."

Sharpe argues that not reversing August's planned fuel rise will hit those in rural areas particularly hard.

He says: "Countryside Alliance research in February found that drivers filling up in rural petrol stations are already paying on average 4p more than their urban counterparts for every litre, sometimes rising as high as seven or eight pence in certain areas."

He continues: "The countryside is used to having its problems ignored - for 13 years a Labour Government whose MPs were almost exclusively concentrated in urban areas did just that at budget after pre-budget. But people in rural areas can legitimately have hoped for a little more from the Coalition today".

Speaking for the environmentalist corner is Chief Executive of WWF-UK, David Nussbaum. He doesn't believe the Budget does enough.

He says: "From my perspective, the Chancellor has failed to put the green economy where it should be - firmly at the centre of a plan for growth."

High-carbon infrastructure, the continuing search for gas and an increase in air and road travel are of concern to Nussbaum.

Hussbaum makes his views of today's budget firmly known: "From his speech, you'd think the only emissions he's keen on tackling are those from smokers."

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