I said dynamic, and that really doesn’t mean anything

David Frum, the older, slightly less crazy Adam Yoshida of Canada, writes:

Under his [Gordon Brown’s] leadership, the British economy – now the most dynamic of any in western Europe – would ossify into the same low-growth, low-employment rigidity as France and Germany. [Emphasis added.]

Hmm, Britain’s unemployment rate is 4.7%. Ireland’s is 4.3%, Luxembourg’s 4.5%, and Austria’s 4.6%. (PDF)

Britain’s economy is expected to grow by 2.2% in 2005. Sweden’s by 3%, Finland’s by 2.7%, Denmark’s by 2.3%, Greece’s by 3.5%, Ireland’s by 3.3%, Luxembourg’s by 2.3%, and, well, you get the picture. (link)

At 1.3%, Britain’s inflation rate in 2004 was higher than Finland’s, Sweden’s, Denmark’s and Norway’s. (link)

It’s at times like this we like to remember that Frum once wrote to complain about our “carelessly embarrassing” work.


Comments: 4


Don’t be carelessly embarrassing! Embarrass people employing malice aforethought!


Is Frum so stupid to not know that Tony Blair has given Brown near-complete control over Britain’s economy for the last eight years?


Yes, Brad, he is that stupid. You would think that Gordon Brown’s title “Chancellor of the Exchequer” might have been a clue that Brown has something to do with government economic policy, but apparently not.

Frum is seemingly under the impression that Brown would disinter Karl Marx to head the British economy if Blair resigns.


Gordon Brown’s title “Chancellor of the Exchequer”

Well, let’s just go over here where the Chancellor of the Exchequer can’t hear us…

(sorry, obscure reference)


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