How the hell do you get a thirty-six billion pound shortfall in your budget? "No more boom and bust" and prudence the watchword my arrse. Still this seems pretty much SOP by now. Catastrophically fuck everything up and when the bill becomes due either sell off some assets on the cheap or take out the government equivalent of one of those 'Consolidate all your loans for one low easy price' schemes you see advertised on the afternoon telly that end up charging you 15-20%, as long as you can fix things so they don't appear on the books of course - witness Public-Private Partnerships/Private Finance Initiatives and the like. I love the last paragraph at the end about 'difficult market conditions' and 'depressed some asset prices', shades of ignoring advice and costing us an estimated two billion pounds again maybe?