So what do you do to get away from having to look at Gordon Brown's fat corrupt face?
Obviously, you go down to the gym to hit the treadmill, iPod in hand.
So what's that up on the huge gym screen staring down at you, just over your treadmill? Yes, it's Gordon Brown's fat corrupt face on Sky News Live, his mouth hanging open in that bizarre way as he listens to his Darling puppet read out his prepared lines in the Budget, a.k.a. the Mafia's exposition of how much it is going to rob from you this year.
Oh well, I had my revenge. I listened to a splendid talk by Tom Di Lorenzo instead, on the socialist recipe of how to create a Great Depression. While listening to this, and watching the mute Darling puppet, I read the Sky headlines as they scrolled by about higher taxes for people with good accountants who will avoid them, thereby breaking a manifesto pledge, and higher taxes for everyone else on fuel, alcohol, and tobacco. Except of course for all 'public sector' people, and all other tax eaters, none of whom pay any kinds of tax on anything at all.
And some footling loose-change nonsense about 'the environment'.
Funnily enough, everything Professor Di Lorenzo said you should do to create a Great Depression was included in these Sky highlights covering the main points from Darling's speech! Remarkable.
No doubt those few genuinely wealthy people who are actually affected by the new 50% tax rate will up sticks and leave the UK, taking their wealth, ingenuity, and industry with them, as Professor Di Lorenzo predicts, but so long as the tax eater muppets in the Labour heartlands have their envious urges fulfilled, 'So What?', as Ed Balls might say.
As I approached my third mile, I did succumb to the temptation to listen to Cameron's response, and I thought it was quite good, as these things go, with some nice digs at Gordon, almost entirely ignoring Darling - which is quite reasonable, seeing as Darling will have only been handed his speech five minutes before he delivered it.
Apparently, there's going to be economic growth of something like 3.5% per annum, in two year's time, which will mean the UK government 'only' having to borrow £160 billion.
But as Jeff Randall said on Sky News, when the chancellor predicted a 1% contraction this year, only six months ago, to then announce a contraction figure of 3.5% today, makes talk of massive growth in two years' time pretty rich beer. Unless of course it's all purely nominal values he's talking about, with a massive explosion in price inflation causing nominal GDP figures to rise.
Got any pounds left in your wallet? You soon won't have. Or possibly you'll have lots of them, but none of them will be worth anything. Get out of the Pound. Do it now.
The best we can hope for, following this pathetic budget, is Japanese style stagflation, with zero growth rates year on year, for at least five years. Maturin Towers predicts it will be much worse than this, with small real-term declines each year, until someone finally gets a grip on the tax eating spending monster, or the markets stop supplying the government with borrowed money, to force them to cut tax eater spending, whichever comes first.
I'm hoping that the markets stop lending them the money, and stop lending it to them real soon. I mean, would you lend money to Iceland? So why will they lend to our miserable government. No doubt the printing press will then be used to fill the gap, when the borrowing gap hits.
And God alone only knows what destruction this will wreak upon Britain. Argentina anyone?
What an utter shower.