A poitical ritual that no longer holds, the grouping of Chancellor, the Budget Box and Spouse deserves a revival. Now adays the jovial Chancellor is supported by a solid phalanx of his/her Treasury Team. Nothing acts as a foil to the sinister George Osborne like the assymetry and shiftiness of Danny Alexander.

Dressed to the Nines, the wives add their domestic gloss to the proceedings. One sports an early Keith Haring fabric, another an early lap top where all the actual statistics are kept. What a great pictorial feature!