Q2 / 2009 GDP growth (contraction) results: + 0.2 US + 2.0 China (approx) + 0.6 Japan + 0.3 Germany + 0.3 France - 0.7 UK Q3 / 2009 GDP growth (contraction) results: + 0.9 US + 2.0 China (approx) + ?.? Japan (forecast positive) + ?.? Germany (forecast positive) + 0.3 France (forecast) - 0.4 UK What is the problem with the UK economy? Is it because HMG/New Labour, despite their numerous and vociferous protestations to the contrary, have NOT applied the most effective remedies? Or is it because the UK economy was structually far weaker than its major competitors in the first place - due to 12 years of HMG/New Labour economic policies, perhaps? Or is it because....?