Economic Conditions Worst for 60 Years, Warns Chancellor

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Economic Conditions Worst for 60 Years, Warns Chancellor


BRITAIN'S economic downturn will be "more profound and long-lasting" than expected amid the worst global economic conditions for 60 years, Alistair Darling warned last night.

The Chancellor also admitted that ministers were partly to blame for voters' frustration because they had "patently" failed to explain the problems.

The comments are the Government's grimmest assessment yet of the situation, and come after a Bank of England policymaker warned that unemployment could hit two million by Christmas.

In a candid interview with The Guardian, Mr Darling said that the economic times faced by Britain and the rest of the world "are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years".

Emphasising the gloom, he adds: "I think it's going to be more profound and long-lasting than people thought."

Mr Darling said the Government had its "work cut out" to persuade the public that it deserved another term in power.

"This coming 12months will be themost difficult 12 months the Labour Party has had in a generation, quite frankly," he said. …

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