I daresay Snow actually believed this junk but I’d like Channel Four’s excellent fact check service to have a proper look at their anchorman’s claim. What they’d find is the IMF data from World Economic Outlook April 2008 (here) names several developed economies expected to better than the UK’s pathetic 1.6% this year. They include Greece 3.5%, Australia 3.2%, Norway 3.1%, Finland 2.4%, New Zealand 2.1%, Sweden 2%, Austria 1.8%, Spain 1.8% and Ireland 1.8%.
All this matters because Brown’s claim is that we should be grateful for this dismal 1.6%. His little “say a little prayer” routine today (“every day that I wake up is about keeping this economy moving forward”) suggests any growth at all is seen as a triumph. In fact, of the 31 countries the IMF considers to be “developed”, a full 19 will do better than Britain. So Britain better than anyone else in the developed world, Mr Snow? Not even Gordon Brown would claim that.