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All very good points Editor - but none of these by themselves are likely to create a political perception of Labour as being poor economic managers.

My suspicion is that the perception of Labour as a dud economic manager won't kick in until the punters notice a connection between bad economic figures and their own personal financially-related problems, such as an increased difficultry in trying to get a (new) job, real wages start to head south, or the housing market starts to slide.

If you travel North in Canada you see that trees become starved of resources until first they’re stunted, with no spare energy for growth, then they die out all together.

Gordon Brown is taking our economy further North.

Excellent post Alexander. In the meantime it is sensible for us to reserve our fire by promoting our "stability" credentials, we are, rightly, trying to re-instate our credibility with the public on economic matters so that when the time comes we can criticise the government's economic record with public sympathy.

Perhaps Cameron ought to spend some time trying to inform the public of these statistics and what their implications are. The evidence is there for all to see, it's just that nobody takes the time to see it.

Thats true, educate the public on what economics basically means on a street level. The average voter wont really understand the Budget and the latest economic data, so we should teach them. Its what a responsible organisation would do.

These are all problems that I can't see us offering anything to address (especially as the OECD shows a correlation between tax levels and productivity levels - and what are we scared to talk about, children?).

Real policy, James?

It's a shame virtually nobody reads The Business.I think its circulation is below 100,000,nothing in national newspaper terms.

I suspect Joe Public isn't interested in economic indicators. Indeed, I wonder if these sorts of critisms of Brown do him more good than harm. "There is dear old uncle Gordon struggling against all those nasty economists and Tories to squeeze the last drop of money out of this unsympathetic world to pay more nurses and teachers to teach my kids and look after my grandmother. When the E.U. says your calculations are £2.5 billion out ignor them Gordon, keep fighting! And if the nasty Tories ask awkward questions lie to them in parliament again if that puts them off!"

Many opinion formers are, however, interested in economics. Conservative "modernisers" are always telling us how important it is to win back AB voters, but seem remarkably reluctant to talk about the economy which matters enormously to such voters.

And what's Mr Cameron got to say about this? Falling Productivity, Rising Fraud (we've already heard what he's got to say on schools for the moment).

Oh just another little snippet- if you need a spoonful of sugar to make the medicine go down what will we do when the sugar costs more than the medicine? Having awoke the sleeping giants of China and India by providing them with a ready market for their cheap goods they're now sucking up all the commodity products at an alarming rate. I think that Mr Cameron and Mr Hague had better think of another way of lubricating their tonsils than a 10 sugar cup of tea.

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