Before the hon. Gentleman sits down, will he answer two questions? I have listened to his speech with great interest and I welcome him to the Opposition Front Bench in his new capacity. Will he help by answering these questions? I am not sure whether he is telling the House that the Government have been too tough or not tough enough in holding back local government expenditure, and, secondly, whether he is saying that we have been too generous in our Exchequer policy or not generous enough.