The Scotsman cartoon: Budget bingo with Grant Shapps

Conservative chairman Grant Shapps caused a Twitter storm when he unveiled a Conservative party advert highlighting Budget measures to cut bingo hall tax and beer prices.

Illustration: Brian Adcock

The image claims changes revealed in the Budget would “help hardworking people do more of the things they enjoy”. The penny off a pint of beer and the halving of Bingo duty to 10 per cent were minor measures in a Budget dominated by help for pensioners and savers.

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But Mr Shapps attempted to give them greater exposure, encouraging people to “spread the word” on Twitter - leading to a series of messages ridiculing the advert.