Alex Massie

The Axeman Cometh

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Fed up with how all the political parties emphasise the need for spending restraint while promising increased investment in popular services? Fed up too with all the talk of "savage" or "Thatcher-level" spending cuts without any clear indication where these savings may be made? Well now, thanks to the Financial Times, you can play Fantasy Treasury, swinging an axe through Whithall to find billions of cuts to reduce the deficit while avoiding huge tax increases.

Ticking the boxes is easy: it becomes a little harder when you the FT tells you what each of these cuts actually means "on the ground". In other words: most of the cuts will be unpopular. Which is why the pols are wise enough not to talk about them.

Anyway, I dare say some readers will be able to find savings of more than £100bn. The next Chancellor won't however be quite as bold or brave (as Sir Humphrey would put it) as you...

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Written byAlex Massie

Alex Massie is Scotland Editor of The Spectator. He also writes a column for The Times and is a regular contributor to the Scottish Daily Mail, The Scotsman and other publications.

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