Sat 22 November 2008, The Daily Telegraph

The Chancellor must put country before party

By Gordon Brown
This weekend, as he puts the finishing touches to the pre-Budget report he will deliver on Monday, Alistair Darling, the Chancellor of the Exchequer, faces a choice. He can devise a package motivated by short-term party political considerations; or he can produce a coherent mini-Budget that is in the national interest, yet might not redound to Labour's electoral advantage. Experience suggests the former path is the one he is most likely to follow, urged on by Gordon Brown, whose own Budgets were object lessons in partisan economic planning.
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