One way to see the drive for austerity is as an application of a sort of reverse Hippocratic oath: “First, do nothing to mitigate harm”. For the people must suffer if neoliberal reforms are to prosper.
Silly media, wasting its time asking whether we Cons were polling over gerrymandering Saskatchewan riding boundaries. That would involve caring about respondents' opinions. The word you're looking for is "propagandizing".