Alistair Darling has rejected claims from the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) that the UK economy will not pull out of recession until 2010.
The OECD claim that the UK economy will record zero growth in the final quarter of this year, while the eurozone and the US will score two quarters of growth.
Darling, on Radio 4, said:
"The OECD has made predictions in the past ... Some have turned out not to be spot on
My prediction in the budget was that this country would come out of recession around the turn of the year. I hold to that view."
The trouble is that this government has been remarkably inept in "predicting" this crisis, in reacting to this crisis in a timely manner and in ensuring that there were sufficient reserves to manage this crisis.
Why should their predictions be any better than the OECD?
Why should we believe them?