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Celebrities' Budget wishes
For the 2008 Budget, the BBC asked six people in the public eye what they were hoping for from Chancellor Alistair Darling. This page will be updated following the Budget speech with their reactions.

THEO PAPHITIS
Dragon from the Den

theo paphitis

The Chancellor is going to have to reform corporation tax in order to maintain competitiveness for UK companies. In addition, he's going to have to stop these catastrophic schoolboy errors he keeps making.

Theo responds: I'm frighteningly disappointed. All I saw was political window dressing as evidenced by the effort to tackle the "scourge of plastic bags". UKplc is very sick and in danger of needing to call in the administrators.

KATE MOSSE
Bestselling author

kate mosse

I'd like to see Alistair Darling putting some new, real money into the National Year Of Reading. One in five primary schoolchildren leave school without being able to read or write effectively. There are many fantastic projects going on in the National Year Of Reading - but we need money to keep the projects going so that children become good readers and maybe even - who knows? - good writers.

Kate responds: I watched the Budget while doing my vacuuming and I was delighted with some of the green measures announced. But I'm dismayed that extra funding wasn't allocated to arts education.

JADE GOODY
Reality TV star

jade goody

I'm fed up with Boozy Britain, so I'd like the Chancellor to increase taxes on cheap booze and to clamp down on those people selling cheap alcohol to underage children.

COLIN JACKSON
Record-breaking hurdler

colin jackson

I guess it's no surprise to hear from me that I would invest more money into community sporting facilities. I think the top end of sport is absolutely fine - we'll get on and survive there. But if we do genuinely want a healthier and fitter nation, we've got to put more money into our community sporting facilities. Simple as that.

DAMIAN LEWIS
British actor

damian lewis

I would like to see the government committing less funds to the World Bank, especially whilst the Bank imposes such particular conditions on its loans to developing countries. I'd also like to know what happened to the 14m Network Rail fine. The trains don't really work, so perhaps a nationwide bicycle network?

TRISHA GODDARD
Daytime TV host

trisha goodard

I'd like to see this budget address mental health. The mental health sector needs some decent strategic funding that won't end up in the hands of anti-depressant drug manufacturers.

Trisha responds: This was a pretty safe budget, with no major shocks. I'm disappointed that there wasn't any extra funding announced for mental health services.





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