I would argue that there is a high probability... a decent chance that we will be downgraded, and it is a near certainty if we do not, in the wake of the next election, properly deal with the deficit. There are some major challenges here. If we do not take the medicine, there will inevitably be a downgrade. If we do, we have a chance of escaping a downgrade.After the PIMCO shock, where their experts determined that there was an 80% probability of a downgrade from AAA and acted accordingly by dumping UK gilts, it seems this gathering economic storm is going to make the current arctic weather and subsequent national chaos look like a soft, Barbados beach on a warm day.
And the only party with a plan for getting us out of it with a coherent fiscal policy, designed to allow monetary policy to remain loose by avoiding the downgrade and subsequent, devastating interest rate rises and inflation, thus enabling a strengthening in any recovery, is the Conservative party. Philip Hammond proved that yesterday.
No wonder the Tories want an election right away. They're not bluffing - it's vital that we have a change of government because it really is the 11th hour for Britain's finances and economy.
Action must be taken - now!
By the way, well done Gordon. Well done Darling. Britain really is nearly bankrupt, thanks to you. Marvellous.