Promises, promises, Gordon

Gordon Brown predicted the start of economic recovery in the third quarter.  Instead, the economy shrank by 0.4% on the preliminary figures.  Unabashed, our Prime Minister now returns to the fray to say that he promises — yes, promises — that growth will resume next quarter.
 
It may.  But it may not.
 
It is slightly bizarre that a leading politician would pledge his word on a prediction that he clearly cannot guarantee, and at this stage may not even be able to influence a great deal.  In fact it’s not a promise at all.  At best it’s an educated guess, at worst it’s wishful thinking.
 
The implication is clear: you can’t trust Gordon’s promises.  But then we knew that to start with.

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