Peter Hoskin

The race to recovery is looking bad for Brown

The race to recovery is looking bad for Brown
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Oh dear.  Another blow to Brown's economic credibility this morning, as France and Germany announce that they've come out of recession already.  Both economies grew by 0.3 percent in the second quarter of the year - in contrast to the UK economy, which shrank by 0.8 percent.

Whatever the factors behind it, this spells trouble for Brown.  A poor performance in the race to recovery not only calls his management of the economy into question, but it also undermines his anticipated "green shoots strategy".  The PM will find it hard to brag about our "green shoots" when other countries already have full-grown plants.

You can expect the Tories to pounce on this - especially as the UK's Q3 growth statistics won't be out until after the Labour party conference, so we'll still officially be in recession when Brown takes to the stage in Brighton.  Hardly the ideal backdrop to the Great Autumn Fightback.