Every journalist, political commentator and influential tweeter had their say on the Comprehensive Spending Review. What did the blogs have to say? Not a lot really unless they challenged Treasury figures or took George Osborne to task.
The Coalition’s pledge to protect the NHS comes after past Tory governments deprived the health service of much needed investment. Therefore their pledge is in fact a reaction to widespread public opinion.
What did George Osborne have to say on the National Health Service? He said the NHS would benefit from real term rises to its budget but Left Food Forward alleges a cut to health budgets. Did George Osborne’s figures on the NHS stand up to scrutiny? You, the reader can decide for yourself.
BBC’s Political Editor says local authorities budgets will be hit the hardest more than the other cuts announced. However Nick Robinson looks in detail at government briefing documents to unearth more significant cuts.
And despite the perception of just cuts being announced Conservative Home highlights some of the positive investments in austere times. Who says this Coalition government doesn’t spend.
The New Statesmen is proving a point; this Coalition is attacking the poorest hardest. Is this shocking or unsurprising, the New Statesmen has their angle. Again their concentration on the poorest stokes some emotion. But should we be surprised by their stance against the Coalition.
Philip Johnson talks down the public sector in a Telegraph blog. Philip says impending cuts will reinvigorate the public sector.
Lastly, The Guardian weighs in with its top commentators on the impact of the Spending Review. They all differ in who is affected most.
The politically correct brigade has had the last laugh. George Osborne’s Comprehensive Spending Review seemed like another budget delivered at the despatch box. What was different? This Coalition had cuts on their agenda.