No, if we could make the economy strong by lying about it, I would be out there for lying all the time. But it didn't work in the Soviet Union, and it won't work in a country with a free press either. Better that Mr Darling tells us what he thinks, than he tells us what we'd like to hear.
Well, yes. But the madness is, no-one says this. Politicians get pilloried, ridiculed and riled for spin - yet when one of them dares to say something approaching the truth, you get:
It's such an astonishingly anti-logical view that it's almost impossible to try and rouse yourself to understand it. It's like when 'coalition' soldiers were committing atrocities at Abu Ghraib and the press were attacked for reporting it and provoking reprisals against 'our boys'; as if it would have been better to have ignored the human rights abuses; as if the reason for reprisals wasn't the torture itself, but people telling other people about the torture.
The reason for the current economic problems is the current economic problems. The reason why the pound plunged was because it was due to fall. The fact that Alistair Darling dared to mention that this was the case wasn't what caused it to happen. If I said "There's a truck about to run me over!" and then it ran me over, I wouldn't have caused the truck to run me over. Would I?
But no, let's stick with the Toytown narrative of "Bungling Darling made it all happen!!" - so much more simple to understand...