Every time I think we might be making progress against the prejudices and myths that pass for judicious thinking these days, something like this editorial in the FT comes along to renew my despair.
The editorial is a response to the latest bad UK economic news, which it says offers no reason at all to reconsider austerity policies. Here’s the substantive argument, in full:
Ed Miliband, the leader of the opposition, predictably used the figures to attack the coalition for “cutting too far, too fast”. But this is unconvincing. There is no guarantee that under a more expansionary fiscal policy the British economy would be doing significantly better. And set against this is the risk that the UK’s low borrowing cost might rise.
This is really extraordinary, if you think about it for a minute.
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