A good Chancellor and P.M. would have expected the bill.
Maybe the E.U. is so feared of a different U.K. government after the 2015 U.K. election they were happy to help the Tories win a propaganda stunt?
Obviously Messrs Cameron and Osborne will spin Friday's news to within an inch of its life and the right-wing media plus Tory campaign managers will lap it up.
But remember the debt may be reduced but it still must be paid.
Who will pay the piper is any person's guess, but if we have a right-wing government after the 2015 General Election it will not be those who could afford to pay up-rather it will be the poor, the vulnerable and the ordinary class of the U.K.
Looking like cats who have got the cream Messrs Cameron and Osborne said:
Speaking after meeting European finance ministers in Brussels, he [Osborne] added that the deal, which means the bill will be paid in two interest-free instalments after next year's election, was "far beyond what anyone expected us to achieve".
Yes, delivering more debt.
In a first I agree with UKIP leader Nigel Farage who tweeted "Osborne trying to spin his way out of disaster. UK still paying full £1.7 billion, his credibility is about to nose dive."
Mainstream media that supports the Conservatives may not agree with Farage but most of the electorate will.
Cameron may think he has won but he said he would not pay the bill, not that he would split it so that successive governments were left to pay up.
Sources and background:
Did Osborne halve Britain’s EU bill by admitting that growth still leaves him broke?