All a bit too late I fear. The LibDems have contributed too much already to the Tory project to dismantle social provision. BTW when did you become an organisation, Mark?
So reports The Spectator:
George Osborne told MPs in his Budget statement that there would need to be a further package of £10 billion cuts in welfare spending over the period of the next spending review, and the IMF has made similar noises, too.
But I understand that this is not going to happen because the Liberal Democrats will not let it go through. Sources are emphatic that those at the top – Nick Clegg, Danny Alexander et al – have blocked the £10 billion of cuts for this parliament. ‘It’s just not going to happen,’ says one senior party figure.
One of the reasons it is possible for the party to be so emphatic on this subject is that next year’s comprehensive spending review will not go ahead in the traditional sense at least.
The issue of that spending review – and its delay – is something I covered in my previous email newsletter about the Liberal Democrats which you can read here. (You can sign up to receive future editions direct to your inbox here.)