Bright and engaging, but also very clear there will be no detailed roadmap on spending cuts before an election. They need to look at the books and then decide.
Is this wise?
Several of us listening thought the public really want to have a straightforward 'sock-it-to-'em' statement which gives at least an idea of what is necessary. We all know things are grim. Surely one reason why the Tory lead is soft (yes I know they're ahead by miles today, but it slips an awful lot too) is that they need to show the public they've got the guts for it. If they do, isn't it more likely that the public will have the guts to vote them in?