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Alistair Darling's Budget was condemned as 'empty nonsense' today as it emerged it contains a £27billion black hole.
After experts denounced his picture of the economic future as 'wildly optimistic' and many of his measures as cheap electioneering, the Chancellor defended his plans.
He again rejected calls to slash public spending sooner and denied hiding a tax hike for millions in what was his final Budget speech before the election.
But he faced incredulity over his suggestion that Government departments can make 'efficiency savings' of £11billion - without cutting a single job.
Mr Darling claimed the savings could be achieved 'without damaging front-line services' by taking measures such as turning off the lights in Government buildings.
On top of this prediction, there has been no explanation for how an extra £27billion in cuts outlined in Treasury documents will be achieved.
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