"Jean Chrétien, whose tough fiscal tightening programme in the 1990s is seen by the Government as a model for Britain today, warned that everyone always came up with plausible reasons to be exempted from the pain. 'So nobody was exempt,' he said.
Making exceptions was a mistake, said Mr Chrétien, who acquired the nickname of Dr No because of his consistent attitude to requests for more money.
'Everyone builds a case to maintain his own empire. I felt if you gave one exception, everyone had a good case,' he said, although he declined to comment directly on Britain’s approach to the financial crisis."