"A year ago the UK economy was 8 per cent bigger than that of France, measured by gross domestic product (GDP). Now it is 14 per cent smaller, according to figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR)." http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/financetopics/recession/3659197/Britains-economy-overtaken-by-France-new-figures-show.html Right thats it. No more messing around. Charge Brown with treason and throw him in the tower and let the Raven's pick out his eyes. Wait... eye. Ok, so we'll have to think of something else but UK falling behind the French and getting closer to being overtaken by the Italians... But seriously. He talks about unique advantage... uniquely placed to weather the storm... blah blah blah. Either he believes it and is stupid or is a liar. Suspect this is the one area where he can multitask and be both. However what is a needed is a healthy dose of reality. A big sit down and work out what Britain can produce (other than hot air) that the rest of the world actually wants/needs. Germany still has a current account deficit of around 7%. They are actually good at making things and selling them. This is what made Britain great in the first place. So what can we make and how? Damn, except Brown is trying to screw the last vestages of the entrepreneurial spirit that might actually step up to get the economy moving again. Touche douchbag. Nice move, you win, we lose.