Regular readers of this blog will be familiar with my conservative political views but I find myself in agreement with the left-leaning Guardian in its reporting of the George Osborne interview by Andrew Marr on the BBC (also left-leaning).
The Guardian reports that Chancellor Osborne refuses to rule out cuts to policing in Wednesday’s spending review, which will include cuts to many government departments.
Personally, I found Osborne shifty in his answers to Andrew Marr. I actually turned the TV off because I could not continue to listen to Osborne.
In comparison and to my amazement, I found myself in complete agreement with every word of John McDonnell, the shadow chancellor.
Despite my conservative political views and traditional support of the Conservative Party, I have been highly critical of the austerity cuts. In particular, I have maintained for some time that defense cuts were excessive. I sense that George Osborne will back-peddle quickly and sanction an emergency increase in defense spending. I fear that the UK public is not ready for cuts to the police on top of existing austerity measures.
The UK must learn from France, it is not the time for the traditional fiscal compact. Even the EU recognizes that emergency defense spending should be treated as exceptional.