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Mar 24: Fills potholes not deficit black holes

Economics editor Chris Giles assesses the pre-election UK budget by Alistair Darling, chancellor of the exchequer. He says the budget adds little extra credibility about the deficit reduction plan and how spending cuts will fall. He warns that the Treasury's growth predictions are seen by most as unrealistic. He also sees a budget that doesn't change the mood music of the election in the battle over the deficit.