It was a Budget where the Conservative Party was looking to present a united front.
After a disastrous election and splits over Brexit, the annual financial update was the perfect opportunity for everyone to get their message straight.
This was Minister for Digital Matt Hancock’s attempt to put his shoulder to the wheel, complete with party-approved #firforthefuture hashtag.
Except many people were confused by what he meant by saying he wanted to ‘halve’ the number. The number of tech businesses? Shurely shome mishtake?
One Tory grandee perhaps summed it up best ...
And it inevitably spawned gifs ...
Most questioned the maths ...
The government wants to halve the number of new tech businesses founded each hour https://t.co/fVMzkSQBF6— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) November 22, 2017
Half a company every hour? Bit odd. https://t.co/0R7vtfkbhJ— Stewart Wood (@StewartWood) November 22, 2017
You’re the government.— Mikey Smith (@mikeysmith) November 22, 2017
Proofread your tweets. https://t.co/A19pqNH2o3
I know what you mean but this could be read as meaning one every two hours....#halved— Alastair Stewart (@alstewitn) November 22, 2017
Some thought he may have a point ...
I'm sure Brexit will achieve that for you— Ben Oliver (@thebenoliver) November 22, 2017