"Wednesday showed us a foretaste of how Mr Brown would tackle David Cameron if and when he moves next door to Number 10. I suspect that the public, as well as a growing number of Labour MPs, is now becoming increasingly impatient for that real battle to commence."
That was my overall verdict on the significance of last week's Budget as set out in my newspaper columns and podcast this weekend.
I have also had a bit to say about the proposed police mergers which, in the East Midlands at any rate, seem to me to be an extension of the unwanted regionalisation agenda by another means.
You can hear the whole thing in its podcast form here or alternatively read the (shorter) written version here.