.....is everything. First the election was held two working days before the B of E was due to announce whether interest rates would move (just in case) and now this from the Office of National Statistics..... http://www.telegraph.co.uk/money/main.jhtml?xml=/money/2005/05/10/cnecon10.xml&menuId=242&sSheet=/portal/2005/05/10/ixportal.html It's not often those emotional economist types use language like this... "The sheer scale of the fall is absolutely shocking," said John Butler, an economist at HSBC. "It is not a massive surprise that manufacturing fell but the numbers have absolutely collapsed. They could be pointing to a severe recession," he added." Bugger, and there's me buying a bigger house. Gordon has some explaining to do methinks.