Via Stuttaford, some clarity from the WSJ:
Mrs. Duffy had confronted Brown with the central fact of his economic record. Since 2000, public spending in Britain has grown faster as a share of GDP than any other country in the 28-member OECD up 17 percentage points to 53% of GDP, compared to 15 points for Ireland and 10 points for Iceland. By comparison, Spain's grew by eight points and Greece by three points. If Gordon Brown had matched spending with tax increases, Labour would not have been re-elected twice.
They were like Bush on steroids. Hence the massive hangover.
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