Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Axe Wednesday – what it means

Today promises to be interesting, to say the least. The Independent has branded it as Axe Wednesday. According to Mike Smithson on it will determine the outcome of the next election.

In today’s Financial Times, Andrew Adonis - former Labour minister and now director of the Institute of Government – warns:

The downsizing unveiled this week represents one of the biggest challenges faced by British government since the second world war. Without fundamental changes on these lines, it will simply be about cuts not improvement.

The government’s plans involve the biggest cuts since the Geddes Axe of the early 1920s.

The National Institute for Economic and Social Research believes that the government’s plans for public spending cuts are unachievable. It suggests that the government will end up raising taxes by 2% of national income – more than £30 billion a year – close to the 2015 election. This echoes earlier skepticism from the Social Market Foundation.

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