Some four months ago, Osborne stood on the same podium and announced the creation of a new “Help to Grow” programme, that UKTI support for those exporting to China would double and that annual tax returns for businesses would be scrapped.
When it came to Twitter, however, what is now known as Budget bingo became all the rage, and Brits immediately commented on Osborne’s attempt at added humour – kitchen jokes and a band of brothers reference galore.
This time around, Osborne was less focussed on entertaining and delivered the “emergency” Budget to (mostly) applause. But how was it relayed on Twitter, and in what way did the social media platform’s users react?
From the get-go, Twitter was awash with debate as the chancellor tweeted out a teaser an hour before he unveiled his plans.
It didn’t take like long for Twitter followers to notice what was wrong with the image.
Today I will present a Conservative Budget – a Budget that puts economic security first pic.twitter.com/yQ8kD8nmo9— George Osborne (@George_Osborne) July 8, 2015
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He may have also contradicted himself a little.
I got tickets to see Comedy legend Dave Chappelle tonight, but Osborne saying #budget2015 is “for working people” was the real comedy gold— Omar (@DecolonisedSoul) July 8, 2015
But the next figures were not as well received.
The British economy … is fundamentally stronger than it was five years ago [having] created two million more jobs. #budget2015— Farrell Heyworth (@FarrellHeyworth) July 8, 2015
The Chancellor says living standards are rising but Britain still spends and borrows too much #Budget2015— Johnston Smillie (@johnstonsmillie) July 8, 2015
The first “key judgement” of the Budget was about how fast to cut the deficit. The intended method:
UK economic growth is declining,OBR has cut forecast further,& Chancellor Chutzpah says everything’s on track.#budget2015— Dr. Henry Tam (@HenryBTam) July 8, 2015
According to Tweeters, Osborne also has a favourite Budget quote: “We should fix the roof while the sun is shining.” Amazingly, he said it just as it started to rain outside – really.
5 years ago Osborne said he would cut the deficit by 2015. Now it will be by 2019. How much longer can you keep delaying it G? #budget2015— Joe Vinson (@JoeVinson) July 8, 2015
Read on for further key announcements and to find out about the protesters shouting “balls to the Budget”. By Shané Schutte
Fix the roof while the sun is shining, says Osborne – just as it starts raining. #budget2015— Bec Clancy (@becclancy) July 8, 2015
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