The Autumn Statement was the definition of a mixed bag.
There was a National Insurance cut, but the stealth income tax raid continued.
The Isa system got an improvement, but the allowance remained frozen.
Meanwhile, the triple lock was delivered along with a pension pot-for-life plan but...
The Autumn Statement arrives next week and the rumour mill has gone into overdrive.
The idea of it being a simple update on the economy seems to have been abandoned and instead there is talk of an Isa overhaul, tax changes, and even inheritance tax being cut from 40 per cent to 20 per cent.