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Are the Tories serious about cutting public spending?

October 3rd, 2009 Posted in UK Politics by

Andrew Lansley’s latest welfare pledge suggests the answer is “no”

This is not an auspicious start to slicing £150bn or more a year from Whitehall expenditure. Let’s hope the “efficiency” savings will more than make up for it. But that does seem to rely on the civil service having over-spent by several tens of billions on paper clips in the last few years.

2 Responses to “Are the Tories serious about cutting public spending?”

  1. Philip Walker Says:

    Aren’t the Tories at pains to point out that this is a self-financing insurance scheme? Whether it works out as such is debatable, but that’s what they hoping for, rather than something which is publicly funded.


  2. Mark Littlewood Says:

    Philip, that’s true. But, the Tories seem to be announcing self-financing schemes – or projects funded by expenditure switches. The big issue is the need to make “savage” cuts. The Conservatives are practically silent on this point.