It was a very assured performance this morning by George Osborne and David Laws. They were announcing £6.24 billion of efficiency savings cross government. They gave the details of the amounts each government department would be expected to save and how they would do it. And now they can be held accountable for the results. Any government department which fails to meet its savings department will no doubt see a few senior heads roll.
Forget the detail of this, the important thing is the signal it sends. The culture of profligacy which has bedevilled our system of government is over. Every public servant must now account for every pound of taxpayers' money they spend in a way they have never had to before. And about time too.