Although (as I have blogged about before) I think that the broad thrust of the direction the government is moving in in terms of adjusting the public finances is the right one I have to say that they could be a bit smarter about how they release the information.
Thursday, 8 July 2010
It continues to come out in dribs and drabs. There was Danny Alexander's statement about cuts a couple of weeks ago. Then the budget. Then another statement from Danny. And in between and since there have been other announcements about cuts.
It plays into this idea that the government keeps deciding to cut even more on an ongoing basis. I do not think this is what is happening, I think the strategy has been set from the start but the perception on the ground will just hear the continual announcements and it will feel like it is never ending.
Surely a better strategy would be to just release all the news about cuts in one go (or as few goes as possible, certainly fewer than we have seen)?
Of course all of the cuts will be debated, that is right and proper but they will not necessarily lead the headlines every other day and the government can then hopefully get some coverage for some of the other things it is doing.