After months of terrible news, financial disasters, housing and employment crises and an increase in gun and knife crime, there was a fantastic surprise today for everyone living in Britain when the hated Council Tax was abolished.
The bolt out of the blue came just after Tory Shadow Chancellor George Osborne announced that, if the Tories gained power at the next election, they would freeze the unpopular tax.
Gordon Brown told Labour MPs: "We must act first!"
The unfair levy was introduced in 1993 after another unfair levy, the Community Charge, was booted-out. It has become the Most Hated Tax of all time.
Council Tax is a system of local taxation used in England, Scotland and Wales to part-fund the services provided by local government in each country. The basis for the tax is residential property, with discounts for single and vulnerable people. As of 2008, the average annual levy on a property in England was £1,146.
Asked by incredulous ministers for details of how on Earth he would cover the shortfall in Council funding this move would create, the dour Scot told ministers bluntly:
"I find your lack of faith disturbing."