Sunday, 4 July 2010

UK – Even deeper public-sector cutbacks?

Surely not

In the UK the Coalition Government has been announcing again on its planning for the economy – i.e. for how we might have to reorder and live our lives under the new economic order now already drawing into the station.

George Osborne, the Chancellor of the Exchequer (that is the chief finance minister), has ordered most ministers to carry out the most fundamental review of public spending seen in Britain for a generation, including options for departmental budget cuts of up to 40 per cent.

No mention of the word 'contingency' – or the possible reasons for a Plan B.

Maybe this is just to frighten people or, at the very least, make an overall cutback of 20-25% sound like a better option. Or maybe it is the prudent preparation of a defence in depth, just in case there is a need to pull back to a reserve defensive position, because of events abroad perhaps.

If so, what will be the final redoubt be, the backs-to-the wall, last-ditch stand, Rorke's Drift/Alamo-style? Governments presumably have this in mind too, not just in the United Kingdom.

Whatever happens, we really do live in interesting times, and there will surely be a Home Front, everywhere.

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