There is a media frenzy over the budget so I'll just make two points which interested me:
Firstly the UK has a stable economy with historically low levels of debt. Back in 1994, 75% of all new public spending went to debt interest and social security - paying the price of economic failure. Today, 75% of all new money goes to investment in hospitals, schools and public services.
As Brown himself put it: "With living standards since 1997 rising on average by 3% each year, Britain has today the best combination of low inflation, high employment and rising living standards in a generation".
Secondly, I was very pleased to see the commitment to a free local bus pass for pensioners and even more pleased to see the treasury stump up £420 million to make it happen.
The key thing is that Brown has delivered a stable, growing economy - best in the developed world - and some sweetners for key voter groups. An excellent pre-election budget.
Gordon Brown's Budget is dominating the media today but I was pleased to see that Israel has started withdrawing troops from the West Bank. It is only five towns, including Jericho and Bethlehem, but how often has Israel retreated from anywhere?
Clearly there is a long way to go, but if you look at the Northern Ireland peace process, there was no quick fix. It has taken many years of doing little things to build trust and discredit the old ways to get Northern Ireland where it is now. Hopefully, the McCartneys will be able to speed up some of the changes.
Steady progress will be required so that Israel dismantles the walls round all the Palestinian areas. The Palestinians also need to show that they can control the militants. Perhaps the Walls of Jericho are a fitting first step on the roadmap to peace.