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The Price But Not The Value

Polly Toynbee writes "The glee club on the government benches could hardly contain their delight. Even Iain Duncan Smith smiled as £18bn was hacked from his budget. How Jeremy Hunt beamed with pride at the 30% he had cut from the arts funds while gouging the BBC."
Why the surprise from everyone? - Their plan from the start -generations ago - has been to hack apart everything that belongs to us all and to sell it to their chums.
Amplify’d from www.guardian.co.uk
The price of everything was laid out, but not the value of anything about to be destroyed. The glee club on the government benches could hardly contain their delight. Even Iain Duncan Smith smiled as £18bn was hacked from his budget. How Jeremy Hunt beamed with pride at the 30% he had cut from the arts funds while gouging the BBC. What the governor of the Bank of England calls the "sober decade" began with unsuppressed smirks of satisfaction.
These were cuts beyond the dreams of Margaret Thatcher, an £83bn shrivelling of the state drawn from a Chicago School economic blueprint. How cleverly the man who re-invented his party as nice, green, caring and socially concerned has used the crash to turn it into a radical neo-liberal cutting machine. What's more, so far he has done it with public approval: 60% say this brutality is necessary.
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