The End of Austerity

So it's (almost) official - "No more welfare cuts, says cabinet minister." Which is good news for those on the receiving end, and for those of us who've been trying to protest about this over the past four years. Even the condemnation of the UN seemed to make no difference, so tightly were we installed in our little bubble of Westminster calculation. Must be galling, though, if you're a Blairite, having gone out on a limb to insist that the only route to power is through 'realism' - "we'll make cuts, but smaller, friendlier cuts". and all of a sudden Osborne's gone, May pulls the rug, and the overpowering argument that benefits are far too high vanishes in a puff of smoke.