I hear Danny Alexander has asked each department to tell him how they might cut 40% from their budgets – save the ring fenced departments.
I suppose it’s a useful starter to the conversation he needs to have with each to settle their figure for next year. I am not sure it is so useful to have people condemning such savage cuts, when the totals in the budget tell us there is no need to cut anything that matters by 40% or anything like that figure. The totals show spending going up every year in cash terms for five years. That hasn’t changed. There is so much newspaper space being wasted over the cuts that will never be. Please leakers spare us the parade of the bleeding stumps in public. It’s such a stupid old hat way of conducting a review of public spending.