James Forsyth James Forsyth

Osborne vows to play straight

George Osborne’s statement is, I hear, about 40 minutes long. I also hear that there is no obfuscation in it about what is being cut. The coalition is determined that no one can accuse them of trying to disguise what they are up to.

Given what we have learned from pre-briefing, the cuts must be just massive in the departments we haven’t heard anything about yet.

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