So the government's Spending Review for 2015-2016 has been delivered. To the usual fanfare of cheering and jeering in the House of Commons, Chancellor George Osborne kicked off with the assertion that we're "all in this together" - is that still going? - but then comprehensively managed to prove quite the opposite.
Even though the UK is now in a more stable economic condition than it was, our situation is still critical. We mustn't forget the very real hardship that many millions of people, especially our young people, are enduring - especially given the worst job market for generations.
As the Shadow Chancellor, Ed Balls, noted, George Osborne spoke for over 50 minutes. This was a statement that was Budget-like in length. Combined with tomorrow's announcement on infrastructure expenditure it is looking Budget-like in scope too.
George Osborne was clear from day one as Chancellor of the Exchequer that we had to cut borrowing and the nation's debts; so that we could once again live within our means as a country. In a changing world, to be competitive, create the jobs of the future and support those who need care, you have to be able to pay your way.
Come Wednesday I would like to see George Osborne take action to match his fine words and bolster his commitment to research and to universities. We have plenty of evidence that such an approach delivers immediate, medium and long term economic benefits.
The most immediate question, of course, is: how much of the report will be implemented? The sweeping nature of the proposals, across criminal sanctions, accountability, remuneration, competition, governance and regulation means that even doing half of it would be a serious legislative undertaking.
The UK government has made a critical mistake: George Osborne's 'help to buy' scheme is off to a roaring start with money pouring into house-buying, including many first-time buyers... but there's a big problem.
Sometimes I am worried for the papers. No, I mean I am worried BY the papers. The Telegraph is a great read. That is the one that I would buy if I was...
Since the Budget speech in March, Osborne's tax cuts have proven themselves simply to be short-term solutions to distract us from effectively and wisely utilising our power as voters and as pressure groups. The Budget has continually fallen short of government assurances to fix what isn't working - it's been like giving plasters to a cancer patient.
Getting rid of Osborne would be a major break from Cameron's stable government agenda. Yet surely the benefits outweigh the costs. It could be accompanied by a mea culpa over this government's misguided economic policy, and show the public that Cameron is able to sacrifice one of the key figures of his Bullingdon clique to save the British economy.
Having spent three years working for a small charity, running a support and signposting service for young people, I decided the time was right to move on. During my final week, one of our volunteers approached and asked (very sweetly and with the best of intentions) "So, is it time to get a real job then?".
In most circumstances today's IMF report would be taken as a pretty damning indictment of the state of the economy and our prospects for recovery. However, because the IMF has stopped short of openly calling for a "plan B" the Chancellor's allies appear to be classifying this as a victory.
The calls for banking reform are growing. About time. The big crash was more than five years ago. Since then we've had Libor rate-fixing, bonuses for failed financiers, massive fines for malpractices by leading banks, mis-sold PPI, interest rate swaps, fraud, money-laundering and tax dodging. Scandal after scandal. Are we mugs or masochists? Why do we put up with it? The rot has got to stop.
With a rising number of Conservatives calling for a referendum before 2017 and the unlikely chances of this happening given that their coalition partners do not agree, the Europe question is going to be argued and debated for some time to come.
Osborne didn't need to genuflect towards the House of Mouse, because the UK has a well-deserved reputation as the home of high quality cinema and moviemaking. But for how long? Osborne is at the top of a government that has slashed arts funding to the bone, axed the UK Film Council and is generally doing a great deal of damage in the cultural arena.
Expectations of the Queen's Speech, in terms of economic measures, were low. Sadly, they turn out to be right. Nothing that was announced today will make much difference either to growth in the economy in the short-term or its potential to grow in the medium-term.