Many papers contrasted the Chancellor's readiness to help his fellow millionaires with his negative tax changes for pensioners which, according to some forecasts, will cost four million of them more than one hundred pounds a year. Mr Osborne argues that impending increases in state pensions -- the biggest ever, he says -- will more than compensate them. The Daily Mail doubted that and borrowed from Lionel Bart for the Oliver Twistian headline, Osborne picks the pockets of pensioners. More generally the Budget was judged to be an inconclusive interim stage in Mr Osborne's continuing bid to fix Britain's deficit by 2015.
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