July Budget 2015: Can you tell the difference between George Osborne and Gordon Brown?

 
James Nickerson
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Gordon Brown gave a monumental budget in 1997 - is George Osborne's more of the same? (Source: Getty)
It's Budget day again today- and if it all seems a bit repetitive to you, spare a thought for George Osborne, who will be enduring his twelfth. Although, admittedly, it'll be the first time he hasn't had another party to please.
But are they really all the same at heart? We've trawled through George Osborne and Gordon Brown's first-ever Budget speeches - that's in 1997 for Brown, and 2010 for Osborne - to see whether their policies are poles apart or surprisingly similar.
Yes, they're from opposite ends of the political spectrum - but can you tell the difference between Osborne's oratory and Brown's blustering? Take our quiz below.

Which chancellor wants people working hard?

"Yet in Britain today one in five of working age households has no one earning a wage. In place of welfare there should be work … There will be no fifth option - to stay at home on full benefit. So when they sign on for benefit they will be signing up for work. Benefits will be cut if young people refuse to take up the opportunities."

This chancellor had a clear goal

"The richest paying the most and the vulnerable protected. That is our approach. Prosperity for all. That is our goal."

Raising money from all sections of society?

"A government committed to the proper funding of public services will not tolerate the avoidance of taxation and will be relentless in its war against tax avoidance."

Both chancellors were City friendly..

"An economy not overly reliant on the success of one industry, financial services - important as they are - but where all industries grow. An economy where prosperity is shared among all sections of society and all parts of the country."

Doing their best for business

"I have decided to do more to assist investment in small businesses. I have therefore decided to cut the small companies tax rate by 2 per cent from 23 per cent to 21 per cent, and to do so from April."

Benefits Britain?

"A greater proportion of our children grow up in workless households than any other country in Europe. We are wasting the talent of millions, and spending billions on it in the process. So we will increase the incentives to work, and reduce the incentives to stay out of work. We will focus our benefits more towards those in need."

We've got to worry about debt, and the taxpayer, and sustainability, of course

"This year alone the taxpayer will pay out 25 billion in interest payments on debt, more than we spend on schools. Public finances must be sustainable over the long term."

A pretty generous commitment...

"In this Budget everyone will be asked to contribute. But in return we make this commitment. Everyone will share in the rewards when we succeed."

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