Economist views: what is your take on the state of public finances?

 
Julian Harris
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PHILIP SHAW | INVESTEC
Today’s figures are a reality check which help justify the extent of the government’s fiscal consolidation.

ANDREW LILICO | POLICY EXCHANGE
This may be a rogue month for results. But without deficit reductions, things can soon turn for the worse.

SIMON WARD | HENDERSON
It is troubling that we’ve had two consecutive months of bad figures. But deeper cuts are to come.