He began by congratulating Brown for not being overshadowed by the prime minister for once, having a song dedicated to him, to be released later this year.
The song, titled ‘Mr Brown you’re robbing us’ which he treated the house to an early rendition of, includes the verse: ‘You’re giving with one hand, taking with the other, he’ll shatter your dreams and then run for cover.’
He went on to say that Brown’s forecasts were ‘wrong’ and were the ‘downgraded forecasts of a downgraded chancellor’ before going on to describe the Labour leadership as ‘Brown and Blair, the posturing pair.’
Howard cited the Ernst & Young ITEM club, the economic forecasting group, as giving the correct results.
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