Responding to a budget is always tough, but Ed Miliband was forced to weather flak from hacks (below) for failing to address the new measures announced by George Osborne.

Miliband’s office claim the reason is simple: he wasn’t given an embargoed copy of Osborne’s speech:

So was this dirty tricks from Treasury or spin to save Ed’s blushes?

UPDATE: After 72 re-tweets of his original, Sunny Hundal clarifies he was told it is normal procedure for the leader of the opposition to receive an advance copy of the budget speech …

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