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Gordon Brown was famous, of course, for refusing to utter the word 'cuts' in public until Mandelson and Darling grabbed him by the shadow chancellor.  Now it seems Ed Miliband has succumbed to the same strange neurological condition as his mentor.  Witness this section from the Labour leader's speech on the economy  yesterday:

Gordon Brown was famous, of course, for refusing to utter the word 'cuts' in public until Mandelson and Darling grabbed him by the shadow chancellor.  Now it seems Ed Miliband has succumbed to the same strange neurological condition as his mentor.  Witness this section from the Labour leader's speech on the economy  yesterday:

Indeed the failure of the Tory austerity plan means the next Labour government is likely to inherit borrowing levels that still need to be reduced. So even then resources will have to be focused significantly on paying down that deficit.

I assume that's a pretty cryptic euphemism for  cuts, still, as the almost invisible Hopi Sen quipped to me yesterday it does rather sound like Ed is announcing the appointment of a Deficit Tsar with a multi-billion pound budget to drive down spending.

 

 

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