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Opinion: deficit reduction or political dogma?

The effect of the ‘savage’ cuts as Nick Clegg called them last September are gradually becoming apparent over the course of the week. What both parts of the coalition insist is that these cuts are about deficit reduction and not a deliberate effort to roll back the state. There is a major aspect to these cuts however which are making this very difficult to believe.

If cuts were purely to balance the books, and the economic forecasts of the coalition were correct, there would come a time possibly during a hypothetical second parliament when some of the cuts could …

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  • User AvatarMike S 29th Jun - 2:30am
    Apologies, should say: There seem to be some very different views here. My point is, there seem to be some very passionate opinions been voiced,...
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    It seem to be some very different views here. Are these differences real? What's the common ground here that most can agree on?
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    Joe, I read the link but it does start with "101 ways to win an election" and concedes the party has had the lowest vote...
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    @ John King - I don't think the EU can refuse to recognise an Article 50 notification. But I am not sure that they see...
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    Bernard is right about the best approach but one of the (foolish) things that May committed to in her Lancaster House speech was no ECJ....
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    Agreed, Clive, Vince is the pragmatic solution to our requirement for a new leader, so long as he is now agreeing with party policy, as...
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