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Darling takes the opportunity of Brown’s weakness to talk about £57bn of spending cuts and tax rises

Alistair Darling knows that Gordon Brown is now too weak now to slap him down and his interview with The Times is notable for his candour. Fresh from having undermined Brown and Balls’s attempt to use VAT as an election dividing line, Darlings tells Rachel Sylvester and Alice Thomson that the spending review will be the toughest for 20 years and that there will have to be £57 billion worth of spending cuts and tax rises.

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James Forsyth
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James Forsyth is former political editor of The Spectator.

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