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Here Are All Philip Hammond's Actually Kind Of Funny Jokes From The Budget


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This is Philip Hammond, the chancellor of the exchequer. He's known as Spreadsheet Phil to some and reportedly actually wanted his first Budget, delivered earlier today, to be a bit boring.

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Chancellor Philip Hammond departs 11 Downing Street, London, as he heads to the Palace of Westminster for the delivery of the Budget statement.

And boy, it really was.

But going against type, he actually managed a few pretty good jokes (for a politician, delivering a major speech).

He even turned his dullard reputation into what can only be described as witty banter.

"This is the spreadsheet bit, but bear with me" - Chancellor says OBR growth forecast has increased #SpringBudget

He made a mildly funny gag about a former chancellor having a good Budget but being sacked 10 weeks later.

Philip Hammond begins #Budget2017 with a joke - about chancellor sacked 10 wks after delivering 'last Spring Budget…

There was this smooth transition from a section on driverless cars to an attack on Labour's leadership.

Chancellor @PHammondMP uses an announcement about driverless cars to have dig at Labour #Budget2017


He referenced Professor Stephen Hawking's recent criticism of Labour with this puntastic topical gag.

Chancellor Philip Hammond: Jeremy Corbyn "is now so far down a black hole that even Stephen Hawking has disowned hi…

At this point he was casually tossing out long-term economic puns.

"They don't call it the last Labour government for nothing." Philip Hammond jokes about past Labour government's co…


The Tories were enjoying it almost as much as Theresa May enjoyed Prime Minister's Questions earlier on.

This is the most Theresa May has ever laughed in public ever. #PMQs

Patrick Smith is a senior reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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