Time for one of my apologies for a blogging drought again today.
Just time to return to Andrew Marr's latest programme and bring out something I should have brought out more fully on Sunday. I mentioned that Marr often says nice things about Alistair Darling to Alistair Darling (and via him to us the voting public)
The specific compliment that Marr keeps on giving Mr Darling is this: "You famously gave a gloomy but accurate account of what might be coming ahead of the recession as it was about to hit us and you were pretty much proved right..."
How different this is to the lesson drawn by Alex Brummer The Daily Mail:
Indeed, a consistent theme of Darling's budgets has been his rose-tinted economic forecasts. The most misleading occurred in the spring of 2008 when he predicted only a minor downturn. In fact, Britain and the global economy was heading into the deepest slump since the 1930s.
Mr Darling smiled appreciately at Andrew Marr's latest paean to his wisdom and foresight, as well he might.
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