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Can the government engineer a recovery in time for the next election?

While politics and the prospects of the UK economy often go hand in hand with accusations that the economy can be manipulated for political means, would this be such a bad thing in the current environment?

With Gordon Brown having to call an election no later than 2010 we are already seeing many of the opposition parties suggesting he will try to engineer a short term recovery in order to bolster his prospects of re-election at the next general election. There had been suggestions that he would go to the polls in the latter part of 2008 and try to highlight his experience with the economy over the likes of David Cameron of the Conservative party. However, this policy seems to have been ditched in a possible rerun of the same situation last year which caused a serious drop in Gordon Brown's popular share of the vote.

Whether Gordon Brown plays on his experience with the economy and his ability to pull us out of this dire situation or whether he can instigate a short term recovery in time for 2010 is very much open to debate. However, if he were able to induce a recovering in the economy for his own political means this may not be such a bad thing if the UK population as a whole would be placed in a better situation. However, it must be said that Gordon Brown has a serious challenge on his hands either way.

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