John Armstrong thinks that ministers are in danger of looking uncaring.
He is mistaking the making of tough decisions for the absence of care.
But in politics, as in parenting, tough times require tough love.
The easy option would be for the government to carry on spending too much.
The right option requires significant belt-tightening. Unfortunately, as has been seen most recently in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, that usually means job losses.
But not taking the tough decisions now would lead to a bigger mess in the future as the people in Greece and wider European Union have discovered.
If ministers are looking uncaring, perhaps it’s not what they’re doing but the way what they’re doing is portrayed in the media that is part of the problem.
It’s very easy to write woe-is-them headlines about people losing jobs, it takes more time and effort to explain the need for the losses and also follow up to find out how many find other work.
Redundancy is tough but it doesn’t mean all those involved will be out of work for long, if at all.