Asked by the BBC's Political Editor Nick Robinson to accept the
Treasury's own figures suggest deeper, tougher cuts than those
implemented by the Thatcher government in the 1980s, Mr Darling
replied: "They will be deeper and tougher – where we make the precise
comparison I think is secondary to fact is an acknowledgement that
these reductions will be tough".
He added: "There may be things that we don't do, that we cut in the
future. We will have to decide what precisely we can do within the
[spending] envelope I set."
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Shadow Chancellor George Osborne has responded by saying that this is inconsistent with the message the Prime Minister is using and proves that Labour have been "found out":
"Gordon Brown is basing his election campaign on the claim that Labour can go on spending. That is completely blown apart by Alistair Darling’s admission, under pressure, that Labour's own Budget numbers imply deep cuts. But why didn't he admit that yesterday? Twenty four hours on this empty Budget has completely unravelled and Labour's failure to act will hit families hard."