Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Yes Darling, We Are Pissed off with You

Posted by jonathanfryer on Saturday, 30th August, 2008

 I suspect that the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Alistair Darling, is already regretting the candour of his interview in today’s Weekend magazine of the Guardian. But as Vince Cable — who was able to get in a pertinent reaction in time for last night’s ‘Newsnight’, showing yet once again how on the ball he is — said, Darling is correct: Britain’s economy is in far worse a state than Gordon Brown and his many spinmeisters have been prepared to admit, and that is not surprising considering how important the financial sector is here.

The Chancellor is also spot on when he laments that the British public are pissed off with Labour — his words, not mine. Indeed, even if we may be nearly two years away from a general election, it seems hard to imagine a Labour recovery vigorous enough to save them from defeat then. They have only been in power for 11 years — as opposed to their Tory predecessors’ 18 — yet the government is looking tired to the point of exhaustion. In fact, both Brown and Darling both look like walking dead meat. Interestingly, they and Jack Straw are the only three people left from the original 1997 Cabinet. I wonder if Darling will still be there next week?

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