This column is sometimes accused of being too downbeat about Britain’s economic prospects. I’ve just been joined in my apparent gloominess by none other than George Osborne.
The UK faces a “dangerous cocktail” of economic risks in a “very challenging world” the Chancellor declared last week. Addressing business leaders in Cardiff, far from talking up the UK’s prospects, Osborne issued a stark warning. “Anyone who thinks that it’s mission accomplished with the British economy is making a grave mistake,” he said.