Tuesday, 6 April 2010

Where's Swiss Toni off the 'Fast Show' when you need him?

'Overseeing the economic recovery is like making love to a beautiful woman...'

Do you remember when Gordon Brown took over everything in British politics was going to go more high-brow and less celebrity obsessed?

ITN, itn.co.uk, Updated: 05/04/2010 05:31
Brown: Economy is like Rooney's ankle

Gordon Brown has warned that Tory plans to cut the budget deficit this year risk pushing the economy into a "double-dip" recession.

In a podcast on the No 10 website, he said that the recovery remained fragile and the economy needed time to regain strength - drawing a comparison with footballer Wayne Rooney's injured foot.

"I know everyone will be hoping he's fit for the World Cup but after an injury you need support to recover, you need support to get back to match fitness, you need support to get back your full strength and then go on to lift the World Cup. So with the economy - we're not back to full fitness, we need to maintain support," he said.

"If we try and jump off the treatment table as if nothing had happened we'll do more damage to the economy - and frankly that means we risk a double-dip recession. I think that's a risk we can't afford to take."

Shadow chancellor George Osborne announced last week that the Tories would make £6 billion in public sector efficiency savings this year in order to reverse part of the Government's planned increase in national insurance contributions, due to come in next April.

Mr Brown said: "If you withdraw support too early, we'll risk doing more damage," he said."

Blimey, only another four more weeks of similar insults to the intelligence to go...

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