"There will no doubt be much talk on Wednesday of investment in the cutting-edge businesses of the future, but the reality is that the UK lags miles behind Germany in green technologies. Britain remains a low wage, low skill, low productivity economy with pockets of hi-tech excellence.
"The government has indeed put money behind tackling child poverty but not enough to meet its own targets. Billions of pounds have been squandered on the surveillance state, delusions of imperial grandeur, useless IT projects and armies of overpaid consultants." —Larry Elliott