Saudi has axed benefits cuts imposed just six months ago. The measures unsurprisingly proved unpopular, but an inability to persevere with relatively minor cuts doesn’t bode well for the deeper ones necessary under Vision 2030.

Saudi Arabia has backtracked on cuts to public sector perks made six months ago. It has now reinstated “all the financial allowances, benefits and bonuses to civil servants and military personnel” from May after better-than-expected budget figures....