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The crowds on Wall Street, New York, after the stock exchange crashed

"Britain's growth will continue into its 59th quarter and then into its 60th and 61st quarter and beyond ... Inflation has fallen from 3% to 2.8%, and will fall further this year to 2% ... Looking ahead to 2008 and 2009, inflation will also be on target. And we will never return to the old boom and bust." Thus Gordon Brown, as Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer, in his Budget statement only last year. No Chancellor since the war has quite so disastrously misread the economic situation, or so fundamentally misunderstood the inescapable nature of market economies — namely, that the...

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