Yesterday Brown gambled and he thinks he can ‘win’ either way. If the gamble sparks a recovery in his poll rating he will be happy but if it doesn’t it won’t be Labour that has to pick up the bills. An incoming Conservative government will inherit a public finances nightmare. Winning the next General Election will be the beginning of some very tough years. It’s been variously called a bombshell budget, a boomerang budget and a kamikaze budget. I’ll just call it cynical. Deeply, deeply cynical.