Twitter Reacts to the Autumn Statement

This year’s Autumn Statement took on a more solemn tone, away from the rabbit out of the hat reviews of the Osborne-era. There were no sneak-peek behind the scenes shots of Hammond munching away on a £10 burger while preparing for today’s speech, like Osborne a few years ago. Instead he opted for a more patriotic and austere cup of tea, perhaps a nod to the speech he was about to deliver. Social media was, as always, keen to have its say in the lead up to, and during, the statement. Here are some of the highlights –

BBC Newsnight was keen to get into the finer details of Hammond’s background before his big day at the despatch box, with this feature of investigative journalism on last night’s programme.

This is what it's like it's like to kiss Philip Hammond after half a bottle of sherry. pic.twitter.com/CvMAfY9eu9

November 23, 2016

The cats of Downing Street continue to push their way to the forefront of British politics, with Gladstone, the Treasury’s cat ready and eager for the big day ahead.

Big day for me. Here's a photo from rehearsals. #AutumnStatement pic.twitter.com/3MAVqh8OIo

November 23, 2016

Phillip Hammond has come a long way in his political career, from sitting next to Peppa Pig to the dispatch box, not a bad turn around in fortunes.

Here is Chancellor Philip Hammond, sharing a platform with Peppa Pig pic.twitter.com/jkhA64mQ8R

November 23, 2016

Hammond is not renowned for this humour, though today he tried his hand at some mid-speech jokes at the expense of Labour’s McDonnell and Ed Balls, Twitter was quick to bring him back down to earth.

Philip's doing a joke, Philip's doing a joke, everybody quiet because Philip's doing a joke. #AutumnStatement

November 23, 2016

Big Phil takes a somewhat untraditional break from delivering the #AutumnStatement to just have a go at McDonnell.

November 23, 2016

Hammond's new fiscal rules almost identical to those proposed by Ed Balls. #AutumnStatement

November 23, 2016

Not everyone was so buoyant about Hammond’s decision to have his own Chancellor’s reshuffle.

Radical change:
Instead of a spring budget and an autumn statement, we'll get:
An autumn budget and, er, a spring statement.

¯\_(ツ)_/¯

“No more #AutumnStatement and spring budget. It’ll be #SpringStatement and autumn budget. Also, deckchairs on Titanic to be reshuffled"

November 23, 2016

But at least it wasn’t quite as bad as McDonnell and his Mao-inspired response to Osbornomics last year.

What a difference a year makes. 15 point Tory lead (ComRes 21/11/15) & McDonnell was embarrassing Labour in Parliament. #AutumnStatement pic.twitter.com/9takvUwE24

November 23, 2016

It would appear, however, that Hammond will be the man having the last laugh.

For today's #AutumnStatement, on who best to manage the economy properly:
May & Hammond: 48%
Corbyn & McDonnell: 15%
(via ICM / 18 - 20 Nov)

November 23, 2016  

 

But then again, what do the polls know?

Harry Goodwin

This is what it's like it's like to kiss Philip Hammond after half a bottle of sherry. t.co/CvMAfY9eu9
@jimwaterson
Big day for me. Here's a photo from rehearsals. #AutumnStatement t.co/3MAVqh8OIo
@HMTreasuryCat
Here is Chancellor Philip Hammond, sharing a platform with Peppa Pig t.co/jkhA64mQ8R
@asabenn
Philip's doing a joke, Philip's doing a joke, everybody quiet because Philip's doing a joke. #AutumnStatement
@JamieRoss7
Big Phil takes a somewhat untraditional break from delivering the #AutumnStatement to just have a go at McDonnell.
@wallaceme
Hammond's new fiscal rules almost identical to those proposed by Ed Balls. #AutumnStatement
@georgeeaton
“No more #AutumnStatement and spring budget. It’ll be #SpringStatement and autumn budget. Also, deckchairs on Titanic to be reshuffled"
@davidschneider
Radical change: Instead of a spring budget and an autumn statement, we'll get: An autumn budget and, er, a spring statement. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
@jamesrbuk
What a difference a year makes. 15 point Tory lead (ComRes 21/11/15) & McDonnell was embarrassing Labour in Parliam… t.co/cmr7IhARHa
@saving_labour
For today's #AutumnStatement, on who best to manage the economy properly: May & Hammond: 48% Corbyn & McDonnell: 15% (via ICM / 18 - 20 Nov)
@britainelects
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