Cameron on deficit: Three words but few details
Milton Keynes: Three words stand out from David Cameron's speech on the deficit this morning - but few, if any, details.
The words tell the story that the prime minister wants the country to understand. They are "unavoidable", "legacy" and "together".
His message, in other words, is that of an economic wartime leader claiming to have inherited a crisis that we must all now act to resolve.
When I asked him to spell out what some of the cuts might be, or even when we might learn, he refused to do so on the grounds that first he needs to get people to understand there is a crisis that needs solving at all.
And yet, in answer to questions, he did reveal some of his thinking, talking of the need to cut public-sector pay, pensions and welfare benefits and saying that after the Budget on 22 June there would have to be a debate about what spending should be protected, including that on education, transport and infrastructure.
What is interesting is that so far he has turned his back on some of the ideas adopted in countries like Canada which were so successful in cutting their deficits - most noticeably cutting health, defence and international development spending.
Famously, the Canadians used dynamite to blow up a hospital as the most painful symbol of how things had to change. It is clear that won't be happening here; what isn't clear is what will.