a little bit harder, to cut the deficit. As always, the old chestnuts are brought out, dusted off and ritually burnt to impress us.
Mainly that oldest of old wheezes, the great land sale. The Ministry of Defence owns 1% of UK land dontchaknow, plenty to be sold. All the other departments too - also we need 150,000 new houses.
I am sure I have heard this before somewhere, oh, yes, from every Government ever elected in living memory. There is always a big land sell off that will raise billions in any budget.
The thing is, rather weirdly for Politicians, it turns out to be true, there is always more land to sell off. The Government owns a lot (the Queen too, another story for another time....) and can grant planning permission for anything on its own land.
Hooray - all our problems are solved.
Except of course, if you are one these holy Land Value Tax believers, then you have to have limits to land - otherwise your plans to tax everyone solely on the value of their land has big problems - either incessant inflation as land comes to market or, more likely, huge deflation as the value of land decreases as more is released to the general market.
Either way, the evil Tories are no doubt int he gamer for killing LVT as a concept once and for all....