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Optimistic Osborne hoping to dispel image as ‘axeman’

George Osborne has never been short of self-confidence, but the British chancellor is full of extra bravado this weekend as he finalises Wednesday’s budget speech.

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George Osborne has never been short of self-confidence, but the British chancellor is full of extra bravado this weekend as he finalises Wednesday’s budget speech.

It follows last week’s backing of Osborne’s fiscal programme by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

‘‘The budget will echo what I see as the central message of this OECD report,” Osborne told reporters. ‘‘This government has set the right course for...

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