But this ignored the fact that 80 per cent of the planned tightening comes in the form of cuts in projected public spending, compared with just a fifth from this and other tax increases. So the burden would fall primarily on the users of public services.
No, not really. The burden would fall primarily upon the producers of public services. Or at least it should, by clearing out a few hundred thousand, perhaps a few million, of the leeches on the public tit.