But I would like to put the case that in this respect if no other, Philip Hammond was acting as a positive role model for the entire country. Forget the politics. This is about ethics. The ability to say "I was wrong' is something every child in this country should be able to do. And the way to learn that is by example from the grown-ups.
It was the busiest week in politics since, well, the last one, and the Huff Post team had plenty to consider. Philip Hammond's Budget u-turn, a new call for Scottish Independence referendum, and David Davis admitting a lack of planning for Brexit were all key talking points.
The Tories shambolic U-turn over national insurance contributions has proved that they cannot give Britain the change we need. By breaking a manifesto promise and then backtracking, they have now lost all credibility. You cannot trust a word the Tories say... The Tories' list of broken promises is long, and set to get longer under this failing government. Rather than tackling the challenges we face, all the Tories offer is empty rhetoric and meaningless promises. One can only imagine what the next dishonest pledge and subsequent U-turn will be. With a track record this flaky, who would believe a word they say in the future?
What we don't want to happen is for regulation of digital currencies to 'all of a sudden' come into force and for the banking sector to be the only people prepared or equipped for it. The power of this new financial technology is its ability to disrupt the way we do business, not perpetuate doing things the same.
As they crash Britain out of the EU, cutting us off completely from the investment, skills, and markets on which our economy relies, the Tories will no doubt claim that they are implementing the will of the people.
Employability now depends less on what individuals already know and more on their ability to learn, apply and adapt. By adopting a flexible workforce and approach to training and development, British businesses can work with their existing employees to mould their skills and knowledge to fit the required roles, and build their technical prowess.
Hammond has brought much cheer to the country and may be forgiven one mistake, though it may need to be reviewed. In the longer term, he must steel himself against the demonic determination of the Treasury to take the easier choice of raising tax, instead of continuing to cut levels of public spending.
The Budget dominated Commons People this week, as the team tried to work out why Philip Hammond had so clearly broken a manifesto pledge. There was the sacking of Lord Heseltine to consider, as well as reaction to Labour MP Jess Phillips revealing she would stand to be party leader. A quiz on Budgets of yesteryear proved tricky, and the latest Brexit developments were seen through the prism of 'Farron or Farage?'
The Autumn budget will be an indicator of how well the economy is doing and we could see some more announcements being made. can also be dubbed the Brexit Budget because the likely impact from Article 50 and negotiations may change the way the Government does business.
Mr Hammond would be right to be pleased with his first proper outing. There wasn't much showboating, and there weren't as many gimmicks as we had become used to under Mr Osborne (pasty tax anyone?), he was playing it safe this Spring. The autumn might dampen his spirits though.
Strangely, although the Chancellor made several mentions of the fact that the budget was happening on International Women's Day budget, he didn't claim the social care spending as evidence that this was a budget for women. But this was certainly one of the most significant announcements for women in this budget... At the same time the Treasury has chosen to make a series of tax cuts, which will cost the UK £41billion a year by 2020, more than the £37billion a year saved from social security cuts. Most of those who will benefit from tax cuts are men, so this has been a policy of transferring money from the purses of poorer women into the wallets of richer men.
Businesses are complaining about taxes again, but why should you care? This is just the background music to the annual budget ritual, isn't it? And don't the bosses have plenty of lobbyists to speak up for them?
Even though the Autumn Statement was only a little over three months ago, we could see more change than usual to the OBR's economic and fiscal forecasts this week. As with all forecasts, the OBR makes several judgement calls in deciding what it thinks will happen to business investment, employment, wages and tax receipts in the coming years - a new boss means a greater than usual probability that those assumptions could change.
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So politicians tell lies in order to win votes. Who knew? But in the age of social media, when more people read fake news stories -- stories that have been deliberately invented in order to mislead people -- than real stories, the lies have more power than ever before. Sure, they may well reflect real fears and real anger, but they are still lies.
As Britain prepares to borrow more than £215bn in the next five years, and with the economy is flux as the consequences of the Brexit vote unfold, can UK businesses afford to raise the National Living Wage? Simple maths says that if we produce more, we sell more, and the country as a whole will make more money. Here's five reasons why, if we can figure out the productivity problem, I say yes.