Friday, 22 March 2013

The Big Budget Business...

Now you may think that as a TV News cameraman, the only time i start to panic at the Chancellor of the Exchequer getting to his feet to announce just how deep in the shit we all are, is when he raises the price of strong booze, cigarettes and cheesy puffs... (We cannot go back to the 1970's boom and bust era of the great cheese puff shortages, resulting in a 3 day crisp week)

Now, although this is true, i also start to panic because as we are in the news business, and we have to explain the ins and outs of the budget speech to the general public as to just how we are being robbed blind. This, as we know, can be a difficult task, and very difficult to film.

Sausages, consumed by TV News Cameramen have increased, in real terms, by 98.4 percent, resulting in a fiscal drag of 49.2 percent on Bacon products...

Apparently, Public sector net debt will be 75.9% of GDP this year – then 79.2%, 82.6%, 85.1%, and 85.6% in the following years. The deficit is now expected to fall to 6.8% next year and 5.9% in 2014-15, and then to 5% (2015-16), 3.4% (2016-17) and 2.2% (2017-18)....

STAY AWAKE..!! This is for your own bloody good y'know. See how hard it is..? Try explaining that to Mrs Miggins as she shovels fish fingers down her kids at tea time.

Anyway, my task was to film the reaction to this fiscal information overload by attending a post budget breakfast meeting of top local businessmen and women. You will be glad to learn that i indulged in deep level research of the fiscal stimulus packages, that required me to eat a full English breakfast of bacon, sausage and eggs, with tea or coffee... and croissants with jam. Oh, and the toast.

Now you can't say i don't try my hardest to bring you the news by sacrificing my normal healthy breakfast of porridge with salt and sea grass smoothie. I also had to sit next to an accountant... If that's not dedication to bringing you the news, i don't know what is.

Paul Martin is @ukcameraman on Twitter.


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