"Asked whether he agreed with a policy adopted in Canada, where spending was cut by 20 per cent and some departments had much deeper cuts than others, [O'Donnell] said: 'You could envisage a situation where you go for deeper dives on this, most certainly.'"
O'Donnell's comments - which go further than pretty much any poltician has managed so far - show how foolish it is to deny the necessity of spending cuts. It's unsurprising, then, that Labour are now spinning about their "nice cuts" against "nasty Tory cuts". But I suspect that particular approach has been fatally undermined by Brown's crude "investment vs cuts" bravado of a few weeks ago. Maybe, as per his advice for Cameron and Clegg yesterday, the Dear Leader should reflect on that over the summer recess.