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Who is in control of the UK economy?

When Gordon Brown was Chancellor of the Exchequer the Prime Minister at the time, Tony Blair, was often kept in the dark regarding Treasury policies and budgets. However, now that Gordon Brown is prime Minster of the UK government it seems that he has more influence than ever before over the Treasury and Alistair Darling has been under pressure for some time. But is Alistair Darling starting to fight back?

There is no doubt that even on economic matters Gordon Brown has always had the last say under Alistair Darling stewardship of the Treasury. However, over the last few days it would appear that Alistair Darling has found a new self belief and has come out fighting ahead of a potential budget before the general election. This week he accused "Number 10" of briefing against him with journalists in the UK over the last two years after he suggested that the recession, which the UK has just exited, could be the worst since the 1930s. As it happens, Alistair Darling was entirely correct in his belief about the severity of the UK recession and is only now being afforded the credit which he deserves.

But will it be enough for him to wrestle control of the UK economy from Gordon Brown?

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