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Is the coalition playing games regarding budget cuts?

Over the last few days we have seen some very negative press comment regarding alleged agreements in relation to budget cuts with areas such as the Ministry of Defence very prominent. However, there is a growing feeling amid new rumours from Parliament that the UK government is looking to cast a very dark shadow on the forthcoming spending review only to "pull rabbits out of a hat" at the final moment and "save the day".

This is a very simple yet very effective political strategy which the UK government is allegedly undertaking at this point in time. Giving a worst-case scenario to the financial press, which is reported across the UK, and then coming through to save the day should in some ways save the UK coalition government from the worst of a voter backlash. But will UK voters see through this simple strategy?

The truth is that voters in the UK are not necessarily concerned about how the UK government arrives at its final spending review decisions so long as areas such as the NHS, teaching, police and the defence remain well funded and well catered for. If the authorities can assure voters that these areas are safe then David Cameron and his coalition partners may well be shielded from the worst of a voter backlash.

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