From The Evening Standard (25 February 2013, page 43):
The downgrade should come as no surprise - the Coalition made it clear at the start that they were going to continue running up large annual deficits for their whole five-year term.
What is noticeable is the extent to which a narrative of "savage Tory cuts" has gained traction, when what's actually happening are exemplary cuts for people the Conservative frontbench don't like (welfare claimants; social housing tenants) while ever larger sums are given to influential businesses and party donors (banks; welfare to work providers).
What is even more surprising is that Labour politicians go along with the charade and call for higher spending - surely they know the Government is spending £100 billion a year more than Labour was before the credit crunch?
Mark Wadsworth, Young People's Party.