back to top

This Is How The Internet Responded To Budget Day

Contains inflated Boulton.

Posted on

It's BUDGET DAY! The excitement was palpable from the word go.

My budget preview - if you can be arsed http://t.co/cVKXbTSR9n

Robert Peston@Peston

My budget preview - if you can be arsed http://t.co/cVKXbTSR9n

08:04 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The day began with George Osborne quite literally promising to give us all a stronger pound.

Today I will deliver a Budget for a resilient economy - starting with a resilient pound coin

George Osborne@George_Osborne

Today I will deliver a Budget for a resilient economy - starting with a resilient pound coin

07:44 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Twitter was really excited and positive about it.

@George_Osborne suck my 12-sided dick.

@George_Osborne how am I supposed to hire a trolly from the supermarket now?

Andy Martindale@AndyMartindale

@George_Osborne how am I supposed to hire a trolly from the supermarket now?

07:47 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

To be honest all of BuzzFeed's alternatives were better.

Royal Mint/Robin Edds/BuzzFeed

Craiiiig David.

Royal Mint/Ailbhe Malone/BuzzFeed

Anyway, Labour quickly launched its attempt at a viral attack.

Labour /Alan White / BuzzFeed

Our #Primeminister would've #responded but was #busy showing he #doesnt really get #hashtags.

Another significant fall in unemployment is a sign our #LongTermEconomicPlan is working, providing security & chances #ForHardworkingpeople.

David Cameron@David_Cameron

Another significant fall in unemployment is a sign our #LongTermEconomicPlan is working, providing security & chances #ForHardworkingpeople.

09:38 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Due to an autocorrect today's #Budget will really help hard wanking people.

TechnicallyRon@TechnicallyRon

Due to an autocorrect today's #Budget will really help hard wanking people.

10:02 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

By this point the only really good thing that had happened could be found about one minute into this video...

vine.co

But then someone made this, which was either awful or amazing depending on how you see it.

Before his statement, Osborne pledges to 'squeeze out the lumpen proletariat'. #Budget2014 @HuffPostUKCom @ThePoke

Brandy Snap@Brandy_Snap

Before his statement, Osborne pledges to 'squeeze out the lumpen proletariat'. #Budget2014 @HuffPostUKCom @ThePoke

09:30 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

This, by contrast, was just inevitable.

But on the whole things were improving.

♫ I want to get fiscal, fiscal, I want to get fiscal, lets get into fiscal, let me hear your budget talk ♫

David Stokes@scottywrotem

♫ I want to get fiscal, fiscal,

I want to get fiscal,

lets get into fiscal,

let me hear your budget talk ♫

10:09 AM - 18 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The fact nothing much was happening obviously didn't stop the media coverage from being ridiculous.

The BBC is covering #Budget2014 with a helicopter - just in case it ends in a high speed car chase.

Tim Stanley@timothy_stanley

The BBC is covering #Budget2014 with a helicopter - just in case it ends in a high speed car chase.

11:26 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

BBC / Alan White / BuzzFeed

Then Adam Boulton thought this was a good idea for some reason.

Not a very pretty #Budget2015 selfie. Osborne & Co behind me wouldn't pose

Adam Boulton@adamboultonSKY

Not a very pretty #Budget2015 selfie. Osborne & Co behind me wouldn't pose

11:20 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

(Always remember to check your Boulton is correctly inflated before broadcast).

Shutterstock / Twitter: @adamboultonsky / Alan White / BuzzFeed

Then there was a lot of chatter about George Osborne "pulling a rabbit out of his hat" but no one knew what it was or what it meant.

By now it was time for the Chancellor to show off his red box, which is never awkward.

BBC / Alan White / BuzzFeed

Especially when everyone buggers off while he's having his moment.

BBC / Alan White / BuzzFeed

It was getting near speech time, and everyone was rooting for George.

A more honest Budget campain poster, from George Osborne #budget2014 @ThePoke

Rob Dicken@1970RobD

A more honest Budget campain poster, from George Osborne #budget2014 @ThePoke

10:54 AM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

He opened up with a solid gold ZINGER, apparently.

Magna Carta 'fells unimaginably distant. A weak leader, who came to the top after betraying his brother, running a gang of unruly barons...'

Robert Colvile@rcolvile

Magna Carta 'fells unimaginably distant. A weak leader, who came to the top after betraying his brother, running a gang of unruly barons...'

12:58 PM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Ok.

That Magna Carta joke was v Osborne, his brand of humour

James Forsyth@JGForsyth

That Magna Carta joke was v Osborne, his brand of humour

12:59 PM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Really.

Didn't see the Magna Carta gag at Miliband's expense coming. Good stuff #Budget2014

Mark Wallace@wallaceme

Didn't see the Magna Carta gag at Miliband's expense coming. Good stuff #Budget2014

12:58 PM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

The opposition were captivated.

Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed

There now follows a breakdown of the important bits of the Chancellor's speech.

It will be illustrated by increasingly less relevant GIFs.

Bingo duty halved to 10% / Tax on fixed odds betting terminals raised to 25%.

Via giphy.com

Duty on Scotch whisky to be frozen/Beer duty to be cut by 1p a pint.

That's a whole £1.30 a year, people.

Twitter: @hmtreasury / Alan White / BuzzFeed

And changes to the welfare cap, a new ISA and a change to the higher rate tax threshold all of which will have to be represented with this GIF.

Ed Miliband then got up and attacked the Chancellor while Nick Clegg talked to Danny Alexander about the state of the ceiling in the House of Commons.

BBC

Let's just take a moment to acknowledge Deputy Speaker Lindsay Hoyle was quite funny although the bar was pretty low.

Jim Waterson / BuzzFeed

Let's hope @Ed_Miliband has been checking Twitter and so knows exactly what to think about the budget, instantly

Claire Phipps@Claire_Phipps

Let's hope @Ed_Miliband has been checking Twitter and so knows exactly what to think about the budget, instantly

01:31 PM - 19 Mar 14ReplyRetweetFavorite

Anyway, he evidently had. And that was the 2014 Budget.

Twitter: @adamboultonsky / Alan White / BuzzFeed