The only reason Osborne is putting his foot on the accelerator is because he wants to and because he can. Who’s going to stop him now? This is a dash to shrink the state, squeeze everything, contract out what can’t be cut and return, as his own Office for Budget Responsibility said, to a prewar, pre-welfare state, bare-bones government.
The cuts would return us to 35% of so of GDP flowing through government. About what we had in 1999 and 2000, under Gordon Brown. Pre-WWII would be more like 25% of GDP (before rearmament at least).
Polly’s relationship with facts is somewhat tenuous, yes?