Norman Lamont gave an Autumn Statement that revealed a poor collection of short-term measures

After failing to find Nigel contactable, I spent the day working reluctantly to overcome a backlog of financial work. – Norman Lamont’s Autumn Statement revealed a poor collection of short-term measures that will have little effect in my view

I found today very hard going. I had it in mind to get Nigel to accompany me on an airgun buying trip to St Ives but I could not find him at his office and his home telephone had been left off of the hook. I therefore had to settle down to update my financial investment summary and this was a big problem. Firstly, I had not done this since April and there had been so many transactions since. Then I no longer take the Financial Times so that I had trouble finding the data on prices that I needed. By the end of the day, I was just about knocking the thing into shape. The girls had become fascinated by using my portable computer to play Patience (or "Solitaire" as the American software authors would have it called).

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I am using this facility as an incentive to get them to do their homework and other chores early otherwise I will not them play it. The Chancellor Norman Lamont presented his Autumn Statement to the House of Commons today and it consisted of a very modest package of measures aimed to please his rebellious backbenchers more than encouraging recovery. His terror of re-kindling the inflation of his predecessor, Nigel Lawson, meant that he came up with a poor collection of short-term measures that will have little effect in my view.