Chuka Umunna seemed to have had some difficulty with the basic facts during his interview on the World at One this lunchtime. Somewhat worryingly for a shadow business secretary, Chuka reckons:
“Most of our thirteen years in office we didn’t have a debt, er, a deficit, because we hadn’t had the financial crash.”
Allow Guido to explain slowly. As this handy graph from the Spectator shows, the last government spent more than it was bringing in from 2002 onwards.
Chuka’s claim that Labour did not run a deficit for most of its time in power is patently untrue…