We're in a world of change. As soon as we waited for chancellors to emerge, bleary-eyed, from weeks of purdah and hand down their budget secrets and techniques from the dispatch field like tablets of stone. Now they do pre-budget interviews with the higher Sunday papers and fortunately chat about their forthcoming bulletins on the Sunday morning political programmes. Philip Hammond might but shock us as we speak, however nowadays budgets are primarily about dotting the “i”s and crossing the “t”s.

I remorse the passing of the spring budget, which chimed with the rhythm of the seasons. Even dangerous information doesn't appear fairly so grim when the days are warming up and getting longer. A dismal November day, on the different hand, can solid a pall over even…