Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Laughter Of Doom

Anger they can deal with. A gale of derisive laughter is much trickier.

The best bit of today's tedious self-congratulatory Budget speech was when Gordo said:

"Published today are the figures for the first £6.4 billion of Gershon savings, including a reduction in civil service posts of 40,000. And I can today announce further savings in the years of the next spending round from 2008 to 2011 that will also release new resources for future priorities."

Cue for the entire opposition to laugh out loud. Because as everyone outside government now realises, the "Gershon savings" are pretty well non-existent; indeed the whole delusional charade may actually be costing us even more money (see previous blogs starting here).

But Gordo seemed taken aback. As did his grim faced colleagues.

It wasn't exactly that special Ceausescu moment. But it was getting there.

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