Chancellor and shadow duel ahead of big day

CHANCELLOR George Osborne will give his Autumn Statement this Wednesday. It is the last chance before the election for both the Conservatives and the Liberal Democrats to sneak in any crowd-pleasing announcements they want to include in their election leaflets. It will be tough for Osborne to offer much cheer though, with public finances worse than expected, as Ed Balls was busy reminding him yesterday on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show.