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Alistair Darling talks about public sector cuts

Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, has become involved in what must be one of the most startling U-turns in recent political history. Despite only a few weeks ago Gordon Brown suggesting that public sector investment cuts were not on the cards, despite a growing budget deficit and national debt, the situation has turned full circle now and large scale public sector cuts are certain to hit the UK in the short term. So what has Alistair Darling got to say?

It is well known in political circles that Alistair Darling has been one of the main people pushing for cuts in public sector investment, against the former policy of Gordon Brown. Today he has suggested that there will be difficult choices to be made by the UK government and not all public sector investment cuts are "black and white". This would appear to suggest that some of the U.K.'s more mainstream public services will be hit, despite assurances from Gordon Brown that front-line services would remain untouched and indeed see their investment budgets increase.

Slowly but surely the main political parties are now edging towards a consensus on investment cuts but their detailed plans will certainly be very different as they look to attract the attention of voters in the run-up to the UK general election.

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