The Tories have attacked the effect that the Chancellor’s preoccupation with power has had on the economy, declaring him as “green ever since that meal at Granita”.
As well as focusing on the Chancellor’s newly found prioritisation of green issues, Tory Shadow Chancellor George Osborne branded Brown as “a man who is so obsessed about securing his next job that he has forgotten about the 300,000 people who have just lost their jobs”.
Osborne said Brown could not disassociate himself from Prime Minister Tony Blair’s legacy, saying Labour “can only be new once”, and he laid the blame for occupational pension scheme losses at the Chancellor’s door.
In his reply to the pre-Budget report, LibDem Shadow Chancellor Vince Cable called on Brown to declare who he thought was responsible for the substantial recent rise personal debt. He asked whether it was the responsibility of borrowers or the lenders and if it was an adequate response for the Government to be “a passive spectator”.
Osborne: “He has been green ever since that meal at Granita. The Prime Minister remembers it. Mind you, and I know the Prime Minister does not live in Islington any more, it says something about the state of the Labour Party that Granita has just changed its name. It is now called Desperadoes.”