Today two polls from centre left organisations today suggest that the public are ready to back cuts in spending and will reject attempts by the unions to block them.
The think tank Demos released the results of a massive YouGov poll of 45,000 people, this is from the press release:
"Voters were turned off by Labour’s main election message on pubic services, according to new polling evidence commissioned by the independent think tank Demos, released today. The poll shows that voters who deserted Labour at the last election felt Government spending had reached or even breached acceptable limits and no longer viewed the state as a force for good...
Today a three-year pay offer has been turned down by Scottish council workers – with possible industrial action to follow.
Scottish branches of Unite, GMB and Unison have all rejected the deal which would have seen a 1.5 per cent rise over three years. Instead the unions have demanded a 3 per cent or £600 rise (whichever is greater) as part of a one year pay deal.
In recent weeks and months, we have seen a number of spending cuts and other policies initially recommended by the TPA adopted by the Government, ranging from the abolition of certain quangos such as the RDAs to the public sector pay freeze and scrapping preventing violent extremism grants from local authorities. This morning, we had another victory, this time over government advertising expenditure.
On the same day that David Cameron and Nick Clegg have written a letter to the cabinet reminding them that deficit reduction remains the most urgent issue facing Britain, union bosses have unveiled (£) their plans for an autumn of discontent.
There will be a campaign for national strikes over cuts to spending, pay and pensions. The campaign begins with a national day of action on October 20, which surprise surprise, is the same day George Osborne will announce £83 billion cuts to public spending. This will be followed by a series of strike days throughout the autumn by all the UK major unions.