Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Read the last paragraph –

Ministers' housing fears revealed

UK house prices could fall "at best" by 5-10% this year, according to secret Cabinet briefing notes accidentally revealed by a housing minister. The notes - prepared by officials for Caroline Flint - also said: "We can't know how bad it will get." Ms Flint, who was photographed with the notes as she entered No 10 for a Cabinet meeting, shrugged the incident off saying: "These things happen".

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5 thoughts on “Read the last paragraph –

  • A deliberate act to show us all how worried they are and acting in the UKs best interests, a SPIN – information exercise carefully planned >>>> Oh its not their fault, they know about whats happening ( like its nothing to do with them ) and how terrible it really is.

    I would say reading and looking so far its worked well.

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  • No doubt, they don’t really want the housepricecrash to be news any more. making everyone resigned to the fact means no nasty PR surprises for the government. They still don’t escape the fact that Gordon Brown created the mess we’re in now, which we saw years ago.

    I suppose it’s not always fun being right all the time.

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  • Stupid_boy_pike says:

    The more I see of this the more I’m convinced this was a deliberate act. The document text is the sort of thing the Labour Party would publish to con the great unwashed to smooth things over.
    Especially the bit in bold type, to make sure it photographed well.
    Surely it could not be a serious document for a cabinet meeting. Apart from being inacurate, it was well short on substance. I know a lot more about what’s happening, and I’m not the housing minister. If I went into a meeting armed with something like that, I wouldn’t last long in the job.

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  • I know what you mean, but I don’t think our ministers are as canny as that to show a summary one-pager deliberately to artifically leak info to us. The rest of that folder will have the details that the top sheet brings together. From what I see of our Government, security and care with paperwork or our personal details is not a massive priority – so this gaffe is totally in character. I just think Ms Flint picked up the papers handed to her by yet another numpty and didn’t even think about it.

    As other commentators have said, the message that the press have made has been of public spin but private fear about an HPC in Government. So even if Labour thought such an “accident” was a good idea, it only shows how badly they misjudged the media.

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  • I agree that it looks very staged. It is hard to imagine someone would walk along the street with loose papers with post-it notes stuck all over them; as they could very easily blow away.

    I think that there has been a change of tack in government and GB is being sidelined, but kept in office so as not to upset the apple cart.

    Darling wanted to do what he did yesterday in the last budget – but he was likely stopped by GB. I think also that GB wanted to get the housing market going again and then call an election. Now it seems that the idea is to get the crash out of the way quickly and ‘prepare for the recovery’ – as it stated in Flint’s papers – before the next election. There was no way that they could openly say that, but a staged ‘slip-up’ as we had yesterday was a good way to get the message out.

    Anywhere near accurate, Young_mark?

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