Bruce Arnold: We must stop bickering and accept painful cuts
The assessment that we should now be making about last week's government announcements is a complex one. The range of change and reform is extensive.
Huge courage is needed to stick with the programme in the face of inevitable argument and criticism. And skill in presenting it to the public is a vital part of the approach.
I remain both optimistic and confident about the men and women in government who are working as a team under sound leadership and should be supported in the days ahead.