Before beginning the press briefing, the Prime Minister's Official Spokesman (PMOS) took the opportunity to wish journalists a happy St Patrick's Day. He said that the Chancellor had told Cabinet colleagues this morning that his Budget would seek to lock in an enduring economic stability for Britain, and set out the long-term choices and reforms the Government now intended to make to increase investment in the nation's economic future and in our front-line services, to secure prosperity and security for all, and to ensure Britain was well-placed to prosper in the era of global competition. Asked if, given his background, he would agree that the fact that Budget day coincided with St Patrick's Day and was taking place in the middle of the Cheltenham Festival meant that it was a Budget for Irishmen, the PMOS said he thought he would leave it to the Chancellor to decide whether to read any significance into those clearly astounding coincidences.
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