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Todays Guardian: Voters fail to credit Brown for growth

Gordon Brown may boast that he is the first chancellor to preside over almost a decade of economic growth but most voters think he does not deserve the credit.

The results of a Guardian/ICM poll published today show that only 37% of people feel Mr Brown has created Britain's economic success since Labour came to power in May 1997. The poll also found that successes such as rising employment and falling rates of poverty are not being acknowledged by most voters.

A majority of those polled, 52%, say they do not think Mr Brown has been responsible for Britain's non-stop growth. The findings are a blow to supporters of the chancellor who argue that his reputation as the architect of growth will pave his way to No 10. Even among Labour voters fewer than two out of three are willing to give him credit.

Looks like voters are starting to see straight through Brown's "Miracle"

Edited by jp1

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Todays Guardian: Voters fail to credit Brown for growth

Looks like voters are starting to see straight through Brown's "Miracle"

I can see why the sheeple don't think much of his employment record:


The trend in the employment rate is broadly flat while the trend in the
unemployment rate continues to increase
. The
number of people claiming Jobseeker's Allowance benefit and the number of job vacancies have both increased
. Growth in average earnings, both excluding and including bonuses, has increased.
The employment rate for people of working age was 74.6 per cent for the three months ending in June 2006,
down 0.1
over the quarter and down 0.2 over the year.
The unemployment rate was 5.5 per cent, up 0.3 over the quarter and up 0.7 over the year.
The number of unemployed people increased by 92,000 over the quarter and by 243,000 over the year, to reach 1.68 million.
claimant count was 957,000 in July 2006, up 2,000
on the previous month and up 90,900 on the year.

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More than four people out of five -
83% - say that the average person finds it harder to afford somewhere to live
, while just 14% disagree - a finding that follows the sustained rise in house prices since 1997. Similarly, although the latest labour market statistics show record numbers in work, only 29% of those questioned said it was easier to find a job than in 1997, compared with 57% who disagreed. The pessimism over the job market may reflect a recent rise in unemployment.

Says it all really. :angry:

Happy family:


And to think of the misery the man has caused for thousands upon thousands.

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