Then we got to the meat, the two decade long Japanese fiscal stimulus did not work, Gordon Brown has himself argued that fiscal loosening was wrong, weak currencies flow from weakening economies, the pound is weaker because the government is weak. Dave pointed out that the markets now see British Gilts as twice as risky as German Bunds. Gordon is abandoning every policy he has held to because he has no choice, so he is making a virtue of necessity.
He advocated “less of an increase” rather than cuts in government spending, saying Labour will lie that this is a cut. “Same old Labour, same old spin” with Mandelson and Campbell back to deliver the spin.
It was a reasonable diagnosis and he has set reasonable objectives. Not a lot of excitement, but a reasonable attempt to take control of the news agenda. He has, at last, formalised the Conservative Party’s intention to not keep to Labour’s spending plans in government.
UPDATE : Full speech here.