Brown replied that “right that people should be concerned what is happening in the global economy” (translated: oi, you at home, you should be worried about GLOBAL economic instability, not our fault, see, is it Darling? ). And then his statistics. Inflation is down to 2.1% —“half the inflation of” America, jobs up 175,000 in the quarter and “up by a quarter of a million over the year”
Now I have blogged before about Brown’s smoke and mirrors over inflation. But I will bet whatever CoffeeHousers want to wager that every one of those new jobs was accounted for by immigration. Think about it: a quarter of a million new jobs over a year, Brown says. Immigration has been running at 400,000 for each of the last five years and 510,000 in 2006. So when he boasts about “the best employment record in history” he can thank immigration – something he does not like to take credit for. Strip away the immigrants and Brown’s record on jobs is dismal – and far worse than Thatcher’s.