So near, but not it

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It’s hard to believe Alistair Darling will ever get quote of the year award. I suspect he doesn’t mind. It’s just not the man he is. This was near though, not for style, but content:

The choices are between going for growth or putting the recovery at risk. To reduce the deficit while protecting front-line services or cuts which put these services in danger.

Eloquent? No. But it showed he got it: that Keynes is the author of the only way out of the mess we’re in right now. And that’s enough to prove what he said: there will be a choice at the 2010 general election.