An initial glance through suggests that it’s all meat and little padding. It will be for others to frame the wider implications of what is being proposed.
There can be no doubt that the decisions that will be taken on public spending in the coming months will shape our society for a long time to come. Let the debate begin. And let’s get the balance of analysis and polemic right!
Update: OK, enough is enough. The volume of disparate comments — over a hundred now on this strand — tells me that some specialization is needed here, so I am opening five new strands to facilitate a more coherent discussion of sub-issues.
One strand, then, on each on the three biggest areas by spend (Social Welfare, Health, and Education) one on specific issues in the remainder and one on the strategic and structural aspects.
No doubt some contributors will also be drafting substantive posts on particular aspects, and on the overall implications of the report and reaction to it.