Thursday 14 December 2017

Nicholas Leonard: Cameron facing upheaval over austerity cuts

This is by far the most difficult week for the British prime minister, David Cameron, since he formed his coalition government with Nick Clegg and the Liberal Democrats back in May 2010.

Tomorrow, the British chancellor, George Osborne, will confirm what everyone knows: the UK economy has come to a halt, the eurozone crisis is a massive threat to recovery hopes and the coalition's optimistic timetable for escaping from austerity to growth in time for the next general election will have to be abandoned.

On Wednesday, the huge social and political problems of enforcing that austerity will be vividly revealed when as many as three million key government workers, including nurses and teachers, will stage a one-day strike in protest at pension and pay cuts.

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