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Why Was Alistair Darling So Frank About The UK Economy?

Alistair Darling's interview with the Guardian newspaper seems to have prompted more questions than it has answered with people still in shock at the style and frankness of the interview and wondering exactly why he undertook such a high risk strategy.

It was his comment that he did not know when the economy would stop slowing and the language which he used which prompted many in his own party to suggest that this is a Chancellor on his way out, one who is trying to cause as much trouble as possible before he is ejected. But why would he do that?

Alistair Darling is a man of immense pride and passion for the job he has but it seems that behind the scenes Gordon Brown has been attempting to pull the strings. Not content with having the office of PM he still wants to retain a hands on control of the Treasury - something which he would not allow Tony Blair to even contemplate. It is this strategy which looks as though it could cause the downfall of Gordon Brown with Alistair Darling now seen as something of a loose cannon. This is one story which is far from over!

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