Bull by the horns
•The Budget leaks must be seen for what they are -- the toreador's cape.
The bull (us) is mesmerised by the cape and is staggering helplessly. Ultimately, the bull will collapse from the picador's lance wounds previously inflicted and the toreador's thrust of the sword. The toreador, his helpers, advisers and supporters will emerge unscathed.
Budget cutbacks are designed on the "not us" principle.