Main British focus is on spending and the past

British Prime Minister David Cameron (right) welcomes Taoiseach Enda Kenny to 10 Downing Street in London. Picture by Jonathan Brady/PA Wire
As this is written, George Osborne is telling the UK that some ministers have agreed to his savage 30 per cent cut in spending over the next four years. But work and pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith is said to be refusing a squeeze of his much-heralded universal credit that George fancies might make up for the cuts denied him by those rebellious Lords, including DUP peers. The DUP part in the Lords rebellion was presented later as in defence of the poor and vulnerable, in keeping with their attitude all along. Back when Sinn Féin and the SDLP first dug in against benefit cu[...]

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