According to the calculator, I'm going to be about £100 better off as a result of the Budget. So yay for that.
And it's quite right that the people who earn the most are being asked to contribute a little more. So yay for that.
And there are some good policies on a whole range of policies from helping people get jobs to international development. So yay for that too.
But the one thing above all that I'm really gutted about is not that overall these are small things and timid-politics-as-usual when that's manifesly inadequate in the current situation. It's not even that this was Labour's last chance to have any hope of winning the next election, and they've blown it. It is that the government decided, completely unnecessarily, to break their promise to halve child poverty by next year.
Back in 1999, Labour said that by 2010 they would halve the number of children living in poverty, and by 2020 reduce child poverty to the same levels as the countries with the best levels of child well-being.
And they nearly, nearly did it. If they'd decided today to increase spending by £4 billion on benefits and tax credits, they'd have managed that achievement, in spite of all the economic crisis. But they didn't. So now it won't happen.
There are big challenges in years ahead. It would have been a constant source of inspiration as we try to reduce carbon emissions by 2020, for example, if Labour had delivered in 2010 on a seemingly impossible pledge made in 1999. And it would have meant that the next few years would have seen hundreds of thousands of children growing into adulthood having a fair start in life, rather than struggling to get by without the essentials that others take for granted. These are the citizens, workers and parents of the future who Britain will be relying on in years to come.
On the radio news just now it was reported that 'top earners will be hit hardest' by the budget. That's a load of nonsense. The people who will be hit hardest are not those earning a quarter of a million a year whose tax bills have gone up by a few thousand, but those for whom the problems caused by the economy started long before 2007, who rely on our government for help when they need it, and who haven't had that help from Labour's last meaningful budget. And I'd much rather that instead of making me £100 better off, that money had gone to where it could have done the most good.