"Can there be a more lamentable picture than that of a Chancellor of the Exchequer seated on an empty chest, by the pool of bottomless deficiency, fishing for a budget?".
This isn't today's headline as George Osborne stands up to address parliament outlining the Coalition Government's spending review 2010.
The quote is actually from British Conservative politician Robert Peel on 18th May 1841.
"Fairness" wasn't always truthfully top of the agenda then, either.