Unemployment in the UK

Part of Opposition Day — [18th Allotted Day] – in the House of Commons at 8:53 pm on 7th October 2008.

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Photo of David Anderson David Anderson PPS (Bill Rammell, Minister of State), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills 8:53 pm, 7th October 2008

Does my hon. Friend agree that the real difference between then and now—it is right to look back—is that what happened in his constituency, as in mine, was the direct result of Government policy, whereas what is happening today is outside the Government's control?

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Tom Knott
Posted on 8 Oct 2008 4:50 pm (Report this annotation)

Take care on this issue, Dave. While I sympathise with the sentiments of what you say, we must remember that Gordon Brown told us that he had brought an end to boom and bust. He didn't say that that was an aspiration which could be scuppered by circumstances beyond his control.

When the world economy was doing well, he tried to take the credit. He really should not have done so, but he did and made a rod for his own back. So now the world economy is doing badly it just won't wash to say that he and Darling bear no responsibility.