I stand accused of being unclear on public spending. Let me try again. The quicker the government can cotnrol the excess of spending over income, the quicker the economy will perform better.
I do not set out alternative spending targets or numbers to the Chacenllor, as experience has taught me that always leads to Labour claiming I wish to sack teachers and nurses to the specified value of the cuts. As this would be untrue there is no need to offer them the chance.
Instead I have come up with a positive series of proposals to reduce spending in specified areas. Recent examples include
early withdrawal of our trooops from Afghanistan, leaving enforcement of the UN resolution in Libya to the Arab League and the NATO neighbours of Libya, not replacing so many Whitehall back office staff as they leave service, not spending any money on the HS2 train proposal this Parliament, declining to pay for increases in the EU budget, cutting out overseas aid to nuclear weapons countries, voting against any bails out to Euro members, and lowering the rate of price inflation by a better monetary policy to control the costs of inflation proofing.