Spring is here but there's no bonanza
The danger in having something for everyone in the audience is that no one will be terribly satisfied with what they get. That is the risk the Government runs with its decision to have a 'Spring Statement' six months before the Budget.
It was a brave decision and a good one. The old system of keeping everything a secret until it was announced with a fanfare on Budget day - after a series of well-planned leaks - is not a good way to manage the national finances and increasingly out of line with elsewhere.
But it is not clear whether the Government's heart is really in it, or whether it is inspired just by the need to fight a General Election not too long after the October Budget.