But let's not pretend that this is anything other than a start. With the deficit at £160 billion (not to mention total debt rising towards £1.4 trillion), much more will need to be done to get the public finances under control. In which case, it's striking that the unions are already grumbling about these initial cuts, describing them as "dangerous" and as a risk to the recovery. These words foreshadow the battle for hearts and minds that will be waged over the next few years. But the more blame the coalition sucessfully pins on Gordon Brown's government, and the more the unions engage in unpopular disputes like BA, then the more likely it is that Cameron and Clegg will triumph.