And this will be just the start of it. As Reform's Andrew Haldenby pointed out on Coffee House this week, the sheer bulk and cost of the NHS frontline means that it will inevitably be trimmed – but, thanks to the government's ringfences, these savings will be recycled back into the health service. The same cannot be said of education, policing, or any of the other areas which will face proper cuts, so the unions' anger is only likely to increase. That will mean strikes, of course. But, going off these early signs, it will also mean more trips to the courts. And the latter could well be more disruptive to the business of government.