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Mar 24: Voters left in dark on spending cuts

Public policy editor Nicholas Timmins assesses the pre-election UK budget by Alistair Darling, chancellor of the exchequer. He agrees with the chancellor that deficit cuts will shape society for decades to come, but says there is no detail on where the axe will fall, only on some areas that will be protected. He says both the government and the opposition have made it difficult for voters to make up their minds at the general election on the future of the state.