Kawai Piano Covers Protect Your Piano From The Pets You Love

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If you have a Kawai grand or upright piano, congratulations! You own a fabulous instrument, spectacular and resonant, with superb craftsmanship, values and rare design. We make Kawai piano covers, and we have been doing this for many years. We have patterns for all the makes and models of Kawai, like Kawai s RX, GE, GM and EX piano series among others, and our covers will fit your piano like a glove. We strive for an elegant and tailored look, unlike the baggy, off the shelf, fit that many other supposed piano covers provide.

Our Kawai piano covers can be used for many different purposes whether it is as a dust cover, for UV protection, to guard against moisture or the errant cup of tea, to fend off the abuse of students or the scratches, bangs, and dents of public places. But our funniest type of Kawai piano cover is simply known as The Cat Cover and there are about a thousand funny stories that I could tell about late night calls from people desperate to protect their pianos from their cats. Usually people love their cats and their pianos in equal measure, and they are just so happy to find a solution to the problem. So here is one of them:

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A lady, a very nice woman, called me late one night. She sounded embarrassed to tell me she has two 9 Kawai EX Concert grand pianos in her living room, but that wasn t what she was embarrassed about. You see, she has 5 cats. And they kind of live in her pianos. For some reason she can t convince them to find more comfy places to sleep. Seriously. Hair in the strings, on the felts, and scratches all over the case. It s time to do something about it! We made her two Kawai piano covers using our special double layer cat cover design. Bottom line? She was thrilled! And her cats were too!

If you have a Kawai grand or upright piano, congratulations! You own a fabulous instrument, spectacular and resonant, with superb craftsmanship, values and rare design. We make Kawai piano covers, and we have been doing this for many years. We have patterns for all the makes and models of Kawai, like Kawai s RX, GE, GM and EX piano series among others, and our covers will fit your piano like a glove. We strive for an elegant and tailored look, unlike the baggy, off the shelf, fit that many other supposed piano covers provide.

Our Kawai piano covers can be used for many different purposes whether it is as a dust cover, for UV protection, to guard against moisture or the errant cup of tea, to fend off the abuse of students or the scratches, bangs, and dents of public places. But our funniest type of Kawai piano cover is simply known as The Cat Cover and there are about a thousand funny stories that I could tell about late night calls from people desperate to protect their pianos from their cats. Usually people love their cats and their pianos in equal measure, and they are just so happy to find a solution to the problem. So here is one of them:

A lady, a very nice woman, called me late one night. She sounded embarrassed to tell me she has two 9 Kawai EX Concert grand pianos in her living room, but that wasn t what she was embarrassed about. You see, she has 5 cats. And they kind of live in her pianos. For some reason she can t convince them to find more comfy places to sleep. Seriously. Hair in the strings, on the felts, and scratches all over the case. It s time to do something about it! We made her two Kawai piano covers using our special double layer cat cover design. Bottom line? She was thrilled! And her cats were too!

For many years we have had a mission and it is a strange one. We help people protect their pianos.

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Of all the most interesting things we have learned in this mission, it is that for some strange reason, cats absolutely LOVE to climb on pianos! So, since we help people who love their pianos, we were determined to offer a cat cover. Call for pricing, and there are a few interesting features to this cover.

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Bat for Lashes plays the Bowery Ballroom: an Interview with Natasha Khan

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Friday, September 28, 2007

Bat for Lashes is the doppelgänger band ego of one of the leading millennial lights in British music, Natasha Khan. Caroline Weeks, Abi Fry and Lizzy Carey comprise the aurora borealis that backs this haunting, shimmering zither and glockenspiel peacock, and the only complaint coming from the audience at the Bowery Ballroom last Tuesday was that they could not camp out all night underneath these celestial bodies.

We live in the age of the lazy tendency to categorize the work of one artist against another, and Khan has had endless exultations as the next Björk and Kate Bush; Sixousie Sioux, Stevie Nicks, Sinead O’Connor, the list goes on until it is almost meaningless as comparison does little justice to the sound and vision of the band. “I think Bat For Lashes are beyond a trend or fashion band,” said Jefferson Hack, publisher of Dazed & Confused magazine. “[Khan] has an ancient power…she is in part shamanic.” She describes her aesthetic as “powerful women with a cosmic edge” as seen in Jane Birkin, Nico and Cleopatra. And these women are being heard. “I love the harpsichord and the sexual ghost voices and bowed saws,” said Radiohead‘s Thom Yorke of the track Horse and I. “This song seems to come from the world of Grimm’s fairytales.”

Bat’s debut album, Fur And Gold, was nominated for the 2007 Mercury Prize, and they were seen as the dark horse favorite until it was announced Klaxons had won. Even Ladbrokes, the largest gambling company in the United Kingdom, had put their money on Bat for Lashes. “It was a surprise that Klaxons won,” said Khan, “but I think everyone up for the award is brilliant and would have deserved to win.”

Natasha recently spoke with David Shankbone about art, transvestism and drug use in the music business.


DS: Do you have any favorite books?

NK: [Laughs] I’m not the best about finishing books. What I usually do is I will get into a book for a period of time, and then I will dip into it and get the inspiration and transformation in my mind that I need, and then put it away and come back to it. But I have a select rotation of cool books, like Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés and Little Birds by Anaïs Nin. Recently, Catching the Big Fish by David Lynch.

DS: Lynch just came out with a movie last year called Inland Empire. I interviewed John Vanderslice last night at the Bowery Ballroom and he raved about it!

NK: I haven’t seen it yet!

DS: Do you notice a difference between playing in front of British and American audiences?

NK: The U.S. audiences are much more full of expression and noises and jubilation. They are like, “Welcome to New York, Baby!” “You’re Awesome!” and stuff like that. Whereas in England they tend to be a lot more reserved. Well, the English are, but it is such a diverse culture you will get the Spanish and Italian gay guys at the front who are going crazy. I definitely think in America they are much more open and there is more excitement, which is really cool.

DS: How many instruments do you play and, please, include the glockenspiel in that number.

NK: [Laughs] I think the number is limitless, hopefully. I try my hand at anything I can contribute; I only just picked up the bass, really—

DS: –I have a great photo of you playing the bass.

NK: I don’t think I’m very good…

DS: You look cool with it!

NK: [Laughs] Fine. The glockenspiel…piano, mainly, and also the harp. Guitar, I like playing percussion and drumming. I usually speak with all my drummers so that I write my songs with them in mind, and we’ll have bass sounds, choir sounds, and then you can multi-task with all these orchestral sounds. Through the magic medium of technology I can play all kinds of sounds, double bass and stuff.

DS: Do you design your own clothes?

NK: All four of us girls love vintage shopping and charity shops. We don’t have a stylist who tells us what to wear, it’s all very much our own natural styles coming through. And for me, personally, I like to wear jewelery. On the night of the New York show that top I was wearing was made especially for me as a gift by these New York designers called Pepper + Pistol. And there’s also my boyfriend, who is an amazing musician—

DS: —that’s Will Lemon from Moon and Moon, right? There is such good buzz about them here in New York.

NK: Yes! They have an album coming out in February and it will fucking blow your mind! I think you would love it, it’s an incredible masterpiece. It’s really exciting, I’m hoping we can do a crazy double unfolding caravan show, the Bat for Lashes album and the new Moon and Moon album: that would be really theatrical and amazing! Will prints a lot of my T-shirts because he does amazing tapestries and silkscreen printing on clothes. When we play there’s a velvety kind of tapestry on the keyboard table that he made. So I wear a lot of his things, thrift store stuff, old bits of jewelry and antique pieces.

DS: You are often compared to Björk and Kate Bush; do those constant comparisons tend to bother you as an artist who is trying to define herself on her own terms?

NK: No, I mean, I guess that in the past it bothered me, but now I just feel really confident and sure that as time goes on my musical style and my writing is taking a pace of its own, and I think in time the music will speak for itself and people will see that I’m obviously doing something different. Those women are fantastic, strong, risk-taking artists—

DS: —as are you—

NK: —thank you, and that’s a great tradition to be part of, and when I look at artists like Björk and Kate Bush, I think of them as being like older sisters that have come before; they are kind of like an amazing support network that comes with me.

DS: I’d imagine it’s preferable to be considered the next Björk or Kate Bush instead of the next Britney.

NK: [Laughs] Totally! Exactly! I mean, could you imagine—oh, no I’m not going to try to offend anyone now! [Laughs] Let’s leave it there.

DS: Does music feed your artwork, or does you artwork feed your music more? Or is the relationship completely symbiotic?

NK: I think it’s pretty back-and-forth. I think when I have blocks in either of those area, I tend to emphasize the other. If I’m finding it really difficult to write something I know that I need to go investigate it in a more visual way, and I’ll start to gather images and take photographs and make notes and make collages and start looking to photographers and filmmakers to give me a more grounded sense of the place that I’m writing about, whether it’s in my imagination or in the characters. Whenever I’m writing music it’s a very visual place in my mind. It has a location full of characters and colors and landscapes, so those two things really compliment each other, and they help the other one to blossom and support the other. They are like brother and sister.

DS: When you are composing music, do you see notes and words as colors and images in your mind, and then you put those down on paper?

NK: Yes. When I’m writing songs, especially lately because I think the next album has a fairly strong concept behind it and I’m writing the songs, really imagining them, so I’m very immersed into the concept of the album and the story that is there through the album. It’s the same as when I’m playing live, I will imagine I see a forest of pine trees and sky all around me and the audience, and it really helps me. Or I’ll just imagine midnight blue and emerald green, those kind of Eighties colors, and they help me.

DS: Is it always pine trees that you see?

NK: Yes, pine trees and sky, I guess.

DS: What things in nature inspire you?

NK: I feel drained thematically if I’m in the city too long. I think that when I’m in nature—for example, I went to Big Sur last year on a road trip and just looking up and seeing dark shadows of trees and starry skies really gets me and makes me feel happy. I would sit right by the sea, and any time I have been a bit stuck I will go for a long walk along the ocean and it’s just really good to see vast horizons, I think, and epic, huge, all-encompassing visions of nature really humble you and give you a good sense of perspective and the fact that you are just a small particle of energy that is vibrating along with everything else. That really helps.

DS: Are there man-made things that inspire you?

NK: Things that are more cultural, like open air cinemas, old Peruvian flats and the Chelsea Hotel. Funny old drag queen karaoke bars…

DS: I photographed some of the famous drag queens here in New York. They are just such great creatures to photograph; they will do just about anything for the camera. I photographed a famous drag queen named Miss Understood who is the emcee at a drag queen restaurant here named Lucky Cheng’s. We were out in front of Lucky Cheng’s taking photographs and a bus was coming down First Avenue, and I said, “Go out and stop that bus!” and she did! It’s an amazing shot.

NK: Oh. My. God.

DS: If you go on her Wikipedia article it’s there.

NK: That’s so cool. I’m really getting into that whole psychedelic sixties and seventies Paris Is Burning and Jack Smith and the Destruction of Atlantis. Things like The Cockettes. There seems to be a bit of a revolution coming through that kind of psychedelic drag queen theater.

DS: There are just so few areas left where there is natural edge and art that is not contrived. It’s taking a contrived thing like changing your gender, but in the backdrop of how that is still so socially unacceptable.

NK: Yeah, the theatrics and creativity that go into that really get me. I’m thinking about The Fisher King…do you know that drag queen in The Fisher King? There’s this really bad and amazing drag queen guy in it who is so vulnerable and sensitive. He sings these amazing songs but he has this really terrible drug problem, I think, or maybe it’s a drink problem. It’s so bordering on the line between fabulous and those people you see who are so in love with the idea of beauty and elevation and the glitz and the glamor of love and beauty, but then there’s this really dark, tragic side. It’s presented together in this confusing and bewildering way, and it always just gets to me. I find it really intriguing.

DS: How are you received in the Pakistani community?

NK: [Laughs] I have absolutely no idea! You should probably ask another question, because I have no idea. I don’t have contact with that side of my family anymore.

DS: When you see artists like Pete Doherty or Amy Winehouse out on these suicidal binges of drug use, what do you think as a musician? What do you get from what you see them go through in their personal lives and with their music?

NK: It’s difficult. The drugs thing was never important to me, it was the music and expression and the way he delivered his music, and I think there’s a strange kind of romantic delusion in the media, and the music media especially, where they are obsessed with people who have terrible drug problems. I think that’s always been the way, though, since Billie Holiday. The thing that I’m questioning now is that it seems now the celebrity angle means that the lifestyle takes over from the actual music. In the past people who had musical genius, unfortunately their personal lives came into play, but maybe that added a level of romance, which I think is pretty uncool, but, whatever. I think that as long as the lifestyle doesn’t precede the talent and the music, that’s okay, but it always feels uncomfortable for me when people’s music goes really far and if you took away the hysteria and propaganda of it, would the music still stand up? That’s my question. Just for me, I’m just glad I don’t do heavy drugs and I don’t have that kind of problem, thank God. I feel that’s a responsibility you have, to present that there’s a power in integrity and strength and in the lifestyle that comes from self-love and assuredness and positivity. I think there’s a real big place for that, but it doesn’t really get as much of that “Rock n’ Roll” play or whatever.

DS: Is it difficult to come to the United States to play considering all the wars we start?

NK: As an English person I feel equally as responsible for that kind of shit. I think it is a collective consciousness that allows violence and those kinds of things to continue, and I think that our governments should be ashamed of themselves. But at the same time, it’s a responsibility of all of our countries, no matter where you are in the world to promote a peaceful lifestyle and not to consciously allow these conflicts to continue. At the same time, I find it difficult to judge because I think that the world is full of shades of light and dark, from spectrums of pure light and pure darkness, and that’s the way human nature and nature itself has always been. It’s difficult, but it’s just a process, and it’s the big creature that’s the world; humankind is a big creature that is learning all the time. And we have to go through these processes of learning to see what is right.

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If you are looking to buy a BMW at a South Bay BMW dealer, then you will no doubt find that there is plenty of choice. The South Bay area is home to a number of BMW dealerships where you can buy all sorts of different models to suit a wide range of budgets.

If you’re looking for something with that touch of luxury, not to mention a great reputation for efficiency and high quality, then you can’t go wrong with BMW. It is an extremely good brand of car and one that has had almost 100 years of experience.

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You will also want consider the advantages of going through a dealership. Going through a dealership is generally much more advisable than just buying second hand of a third party seller for example. It is much less risky, you get a warranty and sometimes you can get some very good deals as well.

Even if you buy the cheapest models or whatever you can afford, you should not be disappointed by a BMW. German products do have a reputation for efficiency. This reputation is also well deserved and you will find that BMW is no exception to this rule.

BMW continues to advance and as new cars are designed, their popularity continues to increase. If you are looking for a luxury car, and are willing to spend a bit more money to get something like that, then you will not be disappointed by BMW. There are reliable, efficient and extremely comfortable with an abundance of extra features. BMW is also a reliable company and with decades of experience, you should have no problem finding support for your BMW or buying spare parts for it and any other accessories you might want.

BMW make a wide variety of different types of cars. However, one of the best source of cars you can get from BMW a luxury family saloons. You can get convertibles as well without any problem which you may find extremely preferable in a warm area such as San Francisco. Having a convertible in the summer months are specially is a wonderful bonus and you can really get a good impression of freedom.

However, if you do not have the money to spend for the majority of BMW models, the BMW dealer should be able to help find you a better option which is more affordable for you. Either way, hopefully you will be able to find something ideal and something you will not break your budget.

Either way, hopefully you’ll be able to find something which suits you without having to go over your budget, I’m sure the

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Train hits collapsed bridge in Czech Republic, killing ten

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Friday, August 8, 2008

An express train struck a collapsed motorway bridge in the Czech Republic, leaving 7 people dead and 64 injured. The EuroCity train, which was en route from Kraków, Poland to Prague, derailed after it collided while traveling at 134km/h (84mph).

According to Czech Railways spokesman Radek Joklik, “it probably hit part of a motorway bridge under construction which fell onto the track.” It is believed that the bridge, which is near Studénka, may have fallen onto the train, crushing carriages below it.

The train, which was carrying 400 people, saw a derailment of its locomotive and first three passenger carriages.

Rescue operations are underway, with 16 fire brigades and 30 vehicles at the scene, which is 215 miles from Prague and close to the Polish border. Numerous ambulances and several helicopters are transporting the wounded to hospital.

Many of the passengers were traveling to a music festival in Pardubice. The toll of dead and injured could rise further as investigators release information.

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Scottish Midlothian car crash kills three
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Monday, December 24, 2012

Two cars have been involved in a road traffic accident in the Scottish Lothian and Borders region, causing three fatalities and sending three to hospital. The incident occurred on the A68 road approximately 1.5 miles south of the Midlothian village of Pathhead when a Škoda Octavia and a Nissan Note travelling in opposite directions collided at approximately 0730 UTC today.

The Nissan, which was carrying five occupants, overturned and came to rest on its roof. Three male Buddhist monks who sat in the back of the car died at the site of the crash. The female driver of the vehicle managed to get out of the vehicle herself but another male passenger in the front of the car had to be cut free by fire service members. The two front-seat passengers as well as the male driver of the Škoda were hospitalised at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, although none of their injuries are considered likely to be fatal.

“This is a tragic incident,” Inspector Simon Bradshaw of Lothian and Borders Police said, “and we are currently in the process of carrying out inquiries in order to establish the full circumstances of the collision.” The A68 road close to the location of the accident was temporarily closed to allow police to investigate the incident, with traffic redirected to the B6370 road via the town of Gorebridge. The road has since reopened.

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Solar car travels around the world

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Solar car travels around the world
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Friday, December 5, 2008

On December 4, 2008, a solar car, developed by scientists at Swiss universities, ended its journey of traveling around the world at the United Nations climate talks in Pozna?, Poland. Yvo de Boer, the Executive Secretary of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, rode into Pozna? in the vehicle, along with schoolteacher Louis Palmer.

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The two-seat car began its journey 17 months ago in Lucerne, Switzerland. Carrying solar cells on a trailer, the car sent the message that global warming can be stopped and there are better alternatives.

“This is the first time in history that a solar-powered car has travelled all the way around the world without using a single drop of petrol,” said Palmer. “These new technologies are ready. It’s ecological, it’s economical, it is absolutely reliable. We can stop global warming.”

It’s ecological, it’s economical, it is absolutely reliable. We can stop global warming.

Many people have been carried by the solar car, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The conference in Pozna? seeks to draft a new climate treaty that would replace the Kyoto protocol, which is set to expire in 2012. The delegates hope to finalize the treaty by December 2009, when the UN reconvenes on the climate in Copenhagen, Denmark.

“Here at the conference, we are talking about reducing emissions by 10 or 20 percent,” Palmer said. “I want to show that we can reduce emissions by 100 percent — and that’s what we need for the future.”

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Video SEO can make your brand. It can increase organic traffic and search ranking of your website. But you need focusing on video promotion on both search engines and social media platforms. Herere some tips for video promotion.

1. Optimize the content

SEO can do a great job by pushing your content high on SERPs but it is only part of digital marketing strategy. The most important thing is that people watch your content. Make the content shareable and linkable. Provide important information in an interesting way so that viewers want to share it and publishers want to link your content.

2. Focus on mobile optimization

While most videos are made for desktop viewing and mobile optimization is considered only a part of the video optimization. But now the trend is changing fast as mobile video viewing has surpassed desktop viewing. But you dont need worrying much about mobile optimization as YouTube and other platforms like Vimo are already optimized for mobile platforms.

3. Optimize thumbnails

Thumbnail has little value for SEO but it can increase organic traffic and viewership. It should be predictive more than attractive. Viewers should be able to get the feel of the content the thumbnail represents. Qualities of a good thumbnail are colorful, storytelling and branded. It could be anything but click-bait.

4. Upload to multiple platforms

Self-hosting will be the first option but it shouldnt be the only option for uploading videos. While self-hosting could be a great help in SEO, publishing the video on other platforms especially YouTube that is the largest video viewing platform. Also publishing link to the video on social media can maximize exposure and improve rankings.

5. Diversify your text on different platforms

Take care you do no copy and paste description and title tags on video marketing platforms. Also you dont need writing new tags and description. You can simply use synonyms and alter length of the description and tags to make them look new.

6.Add captions

Google love text hence the more text matter attached to your video, the more value it gets from Google. You can script your videos with keywords. It will help optimize the transcription. With captions and video transcriptions, you can certainly move your video content ahead than your competitors.

7. Use right format

Choosing right format is also a necessity. Here text matter can help. Publish content in the format that search engines can detect with the help of WordPress and Google tools.

8. Use the right platform

YouTube is the optimal choice for video marketing but you shouldnt limit it to YouTube. Explore more options. Also you should avoid publishing videos in Flash as search engines dont recognize it and also it is annoying for viewers.

9. Do your research

Dont go to YouTube or social media without making a strategy for video marketing. Learn from others. Go to forums where SEOs discuss tips for promoting video content and make strategy for your videos.

10. Collaborate

Link building tactics applies to video marketing as well. You should try to connect to as many people as you can and also you should demand that your collaborative partners agree to exchange links with your video content.

11. Prioritize viewer feedback

In video promotion; likes, comments and shares play a crucial role. It is feedback that everyone including Google takes note of. Keep watching performance of your video on search engine and social media for feedback.

12. Be trendy

Stick to the trend but dont become a copycat. You can start a new trend using your creativity.

Conclusion

Video content could prove to be more helpful than articles, blogs and PRs. But you need optimizing the content for more viewing, shares and links. While doing videodigital marketing, you need keeping SEO and user feedback in mind.

About the Author: Udit Khanna is a Digital marketing professional at Expert Training Institute, an expert in Digital Marketing , Search Engine Optimization, Pay Per Click, Social Media etc. who helps companies attract visitors, convert leads, and close customers. Previously, Udit worked as a marketing professional for various startups and tech companies. He graduated with B.Sc from IGNOU with a dual degree in Business Administration (Marketing & Finance). For more background information on him, please view his profile on G+ .

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The British Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne delivered the budget today, an annually-held audit of the country’s finances deciding how taxpayers’ money should be spent. He set out plans to boost the housing market in his fourth budget, as well as stating the economy will grow by 0.6% — half his prediction four months ago.

George Osborne revealed plans to improve the housing market, including a “Help to Buy” shared equity scheme which would offer buyers who can place a 5% deposit on a new house, a 20% loan to buy it. He said: “This is a budget for those who aspire to own their own home”. He also offered a new Mortgage Guarantee, created in conjunction with mortgage lenders — the scheme would allow them to offer loans to homeowners without the need for a large deposit and offer guarantees to support up to £130bn of lending for three years beginning in 2014.

As a measure to attract investment to the British economy, he announced to reduce corporation tax from 21% to 20% taking effect from April 2015. The rate of corporation tax has fallen from 28% in 2010 to the current level of 21%. The United Kingdom is to have lower rates of corporation tax than the USA at 40%, France at 33%, and Germany at 29%.

The Office for Budget Responsibility (OBR) stated the government debt reduction programme to reduce the budget deficit will miss its targets. The government has forecast the total public sector debt will begin to fall by the financial year 2015/2016, while OBR says national debt will reach a high of 85.6% of GDP, £1.58 trillion, in 2016/17. Osborne defended the government efforts to reduce the deficit and said: “Our judgement has since been supported by the IMF, the OECD and the Governor of the Bank of England.”

In response to the Budget speech, the Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband said: “At the worst possible time for the country. It’s a downgraded budget from a downgraded Chancellor […] Debt is higher in every year of this Parliament than he forecast at the last Budget. He is going to borrow £200 billion more than he planned.”

The Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer Ed Balls said to The Independent, “They are borrowing £245bn more in this Parliament, we said all along …said this two years ago, if they had moved more quickly with a sensible, targeted package of measures to kick-start the economy, which would have meant at that time more borrowing for a VAT [Value Added Tax] cut to bring forward housing investment, then we would have got the economy growing and the deficit coming down.”

The Business Secretary Vince Cable told the BBC in an interview, the “age of austerity” would probably end within the current decade, but made no more definite forecast.

The head of the British Federation of Small Businesses, John Walker, said: “The Budget opens the door for small businesses to grow and create jobs. The Chancellor has pulled out all the stops with a wide ranging package of measures to support small business. […] [W]e are pleased to see the scrapping of the 3p fuel duty due in September”.

Len McCluskey, the General Secretary of Unite the Union, criticized the budget for not helping working families. He said: “This is a Budget for the few by the few that attacks the many. Millionaires are days away from getting a £40,000 tax cut from the Tories, but George Osborne is using the budget to attack hard-working public sector workers. The worst chancellor in British history has gone further by giving big business another tax cut while staff caring for the sick get pay cuts. […] [H]e should have raised the national minimum wage by £1 and drop the senseless plan to give millionaires a tax break in a few days’ time”.

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