In what must be the dullest political speech in living memory, Philip Hammond still managed to create a storm of indignation as he tried to keep the deficit within manageable proportions.
Am I missing something? The papers of both the left and the right are in uproar this morning over the Chancellor’s announcement that National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed will increase by 1% from April 2018 and a further percentage point the following year.
There is no question that this is in direct contravention of his party's manifesto pledge prior to the last general election little more than 18 months ago.
So what is everyone making such a fuss about? This is only equivalent to saying that a delivery company has broken an appointment, a giraffe is tall or, and this is never likely to happen in real life, a footballer is diving in the penalty box.
Today's politicians regard manifestos as a means to an end, quickly forgotten once they are in office and just as well.
The days when occupants of parliaments on either side of the Atlantic (or in Europe for that matter) had moral standards to uphold are long gone and possibly never existed.
The irony is that the only reason why Hammond introduced this measure was to appease his voting constituency, getting some quick cash from people that he thought would be vulnerable but unloved.
Nobody in employment is going to be fussed about this, pensioners, students and the unemployed couldn't care less and therefore the only people affected are the self-employed.
I can easily break those down into two categories. Those who are strikingly well off will hardly notice an extra 1% charge on their fat profits. It is only the guys earning relatively small amounts who are likely to be hard-hit and clearly Hammond and his party decided that they do not matter.
Judging by the papers today, white van man is far more influential than the Chancellor of the Exchequer or his Prime Minister realised.
Those who missed the speech will also be unaware that he took a pop at professionals who operate through LLP structures, which obviously includes accountants. We may care very little about the fate of most self-employed people but a Chancellor who does not respect and esteem the value to society of the respected professions (i.e. us) deserves to find himself on the back benches in the very near future.