A Budget of woes? Where has our imagination gone?

George Osborne has the chance to do something really radical tomorrow in his Budget statement. He must cut public spending to shore up Britain’s precarious economic situation – he has no choice. But the fiscal crisis also means he can do far more than this. Indeed, the Chancellor has perhaps the best opportunity in a generation to make the sweeping changes necessary for the UK to reduce the size of the state and restore economic growth.

Communications Director

Ruth Porter is Communications Director at the Institute of Economic Affairs. She has worked in public policy and communications for nearly a decade. During this time she has represented UK businesses working in areas including software, energy and electronics. She studied politics and philosophy at the University of Warwick before moving to New Zealand, where she worked for the independent think tank, Maxim Institute. Ruth worked on the research team looking at a wide range of issues from social policy to tax reform. She co-authored a series of reports on education that won the Innovative Projects category of the Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Awards and edited the book Pursuing social justice in New Zealand, which was launched by New Zealand's Governor-General. She has written for various publications, including the Wall Street Journal and The Sunday Times, she also writes regularly for the Daily Telegraph website and is a frequent commentator in the British media on programmes such as Newsnight and Sky’s Boulton & Co.