Actually, the UK had a very low national debt compared to other developed countries at the time. Perhaps you meant the structural deficit? In terms of "none [sic] critical departments" taking the hit, could you list the areas you consider critical and non-critical? Saying "its [sic] how recessions are" does not make it so. The very thing that sparked you off this time is my disputing the claim that cuts are the only way to bring spending as a % of GDP down, which is categorically not true.