Daily Archives: February 5, 2013

George Osborne and Danny Alexander

George Osborne, left, and Danny Alexander

While Tories tear themselves apart over gay marriage, another row is creeping up on the government which could be much more long-term and damaging.

Without creating too much of a stir (yet), George Osborne and Danny Alexander are busy in the Treasury, planning their next round of spending cuts. They have told ministers that they intend to keep cutting at the same rate and in the same proportions as has been done so far, which means returning for further savings to departments that have already been hit heavily.

Theresa May, Chris Grayling, Philip Hammond and Vince Cable all realised this would place them at the front of the axeman’s queue, and urged Osborne to rethink his strategy at a stormy cabinet meeting a few weeks’ ago. Read more