Liberal, left-wing and green-leaning commentators are outraged by George Osborne's spending review, claiming it will lower people's living standards and throw thousands on to the dole queue. Which is a bit rich, considering that many of the liberal intelligentsia have been agitating for austerity for years.
Time and again, liberal thinkers have told us that we must learn to live with less "stuff", for the sake of our own sanity and for the good of the people-plagued planet.
So don't be fooled by their crocodile tears today—they laid the cultural foundation stones for this age of hardship.
These austerity hypocrites have short memories. This week, the Guardian's George Monbiot wrote an angry piece about the Tory-led cuts agenda, claiming that it will help the rich and hurt the rest.
"When we stagger out of our shelters to assess the damage, we'll discover that we have emerged into a different world, run for their benefit, not ours", he said.
This is the same Monbiot who wrote a piece in 2007 titled 'Bring on the recession'.
"I hope that the recession now being forecast by some economists materialises", he said, because only a recession could give us "the time we need to prevent runaway climate change".
A recession would hurt poor people, he acknowledged—but that was a price worth paying to halt out-of-control economic growth.
Do go and read the rest—taking note of the names on the roll-call of shame...