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Public sector services under threat

As the UK budget continues to spiral out of control there were some heated exchanges in the House of Commons yesterday between Gordon Brown and David Cameron. The Tory leader was caught out somewhat when his shadow cabinet minister suggested that the Tory government would implement 10% public sector budget cuts across the board. This played right into the hands of Gordon Brown who is now looking to make the next election a Tory cuts versus Labour investment affair.

However, on further reflection it appears as though the Labour government is already looking to implement its own significant public sector cost-cutting exercises with a 7% reduction suggested by "informed sources". So while the government continues to attack the Tories regarding their plans to cut public sector budgets, behind-the-scenes it looks as though they are about to follow suit.

This has apparently led to a significant fallout in the Labour Cabinet with Alistair Darling suggesting an honest approach with UK voters and Ed Balls apparently keen to keep the cost cutting figures under wraps until the next general election. It is no surprise that Ed Balls, who was rumoured to be after Alistair Darling's job, is looking to humiliate the Chancellor of the Exchequer yet again. Will we ever hear the truth?

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