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More than a few 'commentators' on the defacto cuts announced on Thursday by UK Chancellor Darling, as part of the plan to make the public sector pay for the banks' bailout, sought to praise the ruthless cuts announced on the same day in Ireland. The message is clear so far as these characters are concerned - we need to cut and cut hard. We reproduce a statement issued by the Irish Marxists on the day the cuts were made public.