The announcement from the Ministry of Justice outlining the severity of impending job cuts will not have come as a surprise.
The message of the Coalition has been clear from the start. Nearly all Government departments will have to make huge cuts in spending in order to bring down the budget deficit inherited from the previous Labour administration.
This is surely just a taste of things to come.
The full impact of Government cuts will be known on October 20, with the spending round. Then we will learn exactly where in which departments the axe will fall.
I suspect the whole of Whitehall is also holding its breath.