Writing for Critical Reaction, Norman Tebbit serves up a dose of well-articulated common sense:
It is perfectly possible to make substantial reductions in public spending without bringing an end to life as we know it.
After all, things were not that bad three, or even five years ago, or over twenty years ago. Hospitals were open, children went to school — and even learned to read and write. Criminals — at least some of them — were brought to justice, dustbins emptied, potholes filled and the streets were lit and most people had jobs.
So we could, if we had a mind to, turn the clock back and reduce the size and cost of government to what served us reasonably well in the recent past.