Denial is a defense mechanism postulated by Sigmund Freud, in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. The subject may deny the reality of the unpleasant fact altogether (simple denial), admit the fact but deny its seriousness (minimisation) or admit both the fact and seriousness but deny responsibility (transference). The concept of denial is particularly important to the study of addiction. The theory of denial was first researched seriously by Anna Freud. She classified denial as a mechanism of the immature mind, because it conflicts with the ability to learn from and cope with reality.
The Institute for Fiscal Studies said that, when investment was taken into account, the Budget would mean a 0.1% real terms decline in public spending.
By 2017/18 the cost per family to bring the Budget back into balance would be £2,840, it added.
Downing Street disputed the figure, saying it was "not entirely clear" how it had been calculated.
But the Conservatives said the IFS calculations amounted to a "secret tax bombshell" of £1,430 a year for every family.
St George's Day, time to slay the Socialist Dragon.