Short notice leaves no time for impact or risk assessments as Tories move to exploit coronavirus crisis in pursuit of ‘small state’ endgame
Tory Chancellor Rishi Sunak and his boss Boris Johnson have told government departments to prepare massive spending cuts of at least 30% – and have given them just a handful of days to come up with them.
According to documents seen by the Huffington Post, the instruction went out just last Friday – yet the deadline for several departments was today, with the rest told to come back with their cuts plan by tomorrow and Friday:
Returns are required by:
DCMS, MOD, DIT: 24 JuneSunak’s schedule for government departments to come up with massive cuts
BEIS, DEFRA, DHSC, HO, FCO: 25 June
DFID, Joints Funds Unit: 26 June
Government officials have told the HP that the rushed schedule leaves no time for impact or risk assessments and any spending commitments already announced by Johnson are also on the table, with Tory insiders admitting that Johnson’s chief concern is bad publicity – not the huge blow to public and health services already reeling from a decade of cuts, nor the damage to the millions of people who depend on them.
It’s also clear that to try to limit bad publicity, Johnson intends to lie and claim funds cut from other budgets as new spending:
As the SKWAWKBOX warned last week, the Tories also intend to use whatever international aid that escapes the axe to twist the arms of poor nations into signing trade deals – billions of pounds and huge poverty and hardship to cover for the Tories’ utter ineptness in agreeing trade deals through fair and normal diplomacy – a plan for which Johnson was described by an experienced diplomat as an ‘absolute madman’.
The Tories are exploiting the coronavirus crisis to pursue their ‘small state’ and ‘little England’ endgame.
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