Inevitably budgets produce criticism, and just as inevitably the cry "what would you do?" or "what's the alternative?" Our good friend and stalwart Tax Research policy analyst and change-agent Richard Murphy pre-figured that question with a significant talk and article a couple of days ago: one that deserves further attention.
The idea of a compulsory National Living Wage sounds very attractive, and will no doubt grab most of the budget headlines. But as ever, the devil is in the detail, and there will need to be some careful calculations before we can decide just what this means for people.