Given the amount of briefings and leaks there have been ahead of tomorrow’s Budget, there seems little point in Osborne actually posing with the read box and delivering the thing. There has been a bit of online comment about just how much pre-info we have, more than any other Budget is seems. President Obama joked about the same thing at a previous State of the Union address, whispering to a colleague that there was no point in him giving the speech at all, as they had already read it on various nes websites.
The reason for the situation in the UK is the very public nature of negotiations between the coalition partners. When one of the parties succeeds privately in pushing a bit of their agenda into the Budget, the other party publicly says what they want in return, in order to put a marker down. It’s all led to claim, counter claim, and strategic op-ed pieces, that render tomorrows Parliamentary performance meaningless.
Either that, or the Coalition are publicly polling ideas, and a whole collection of things will have been dropped by tomorrow.