Now, in measured tones, doubts come from a more orthodox source:
Most advanced economies do not need to tighten before 2011, because tightening sooner could undermine the fledgling recovery, but they should not add further stimulus.This from the IMF. Yes, Osborne and Alexander's critics now seem to include the IMF.
And as stories begin to crop up like this:
A school which burnt to the ground seven months ago, forcing its pupils to attend lessons in portakabins, was one of hundreds that heard this week that the government had called a halt to its rebuilding plans.And this:
Millions of pounds intended to be saved by scrapping school building projects could be spent on legal fees as the government faces a spate of litigation from contractors and local authorities.Not to mention this and this:
The government's new tax and spending watchdog needs urgent reform to establish its independence from George Osborne's Treasury, according to a report today by one of Britain's leading thinktanks.There is a sense that perhaps all is not as well as might be with our new political partnership. I am beginning to wonder if this is how they got in.