We must recognise public finance crisis

The scale of the economic challenge facing us is becoming clear.

18th October, 2008

The scale of the economic challenge facing us is becoming clear.

The combination of the banking crisis and the emerging hole in the public finances creates an extraordinary and urgent challenge for the government.

In delivering its budget last week, the government took some steps to try to stabilise the public finances, but postponed dealing in any detail with the crucial issue of public sector reform.

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