Today's Times newspaper reports Ed Miliband's new 'catchphrase' today. It's 'Deficit Deceit' rather than 'Deficit Denial' and apparently, Labour's strategists are so alarmed that the party was seen to be giving in to the somewhat overwhelming evidence of a totally 'cocked-up' economy, that Ed the Younger is now fighting back and will insist, that the prevailing economic mess was a consequence of the downturn in global economy and nought to do with the over-spending record of the last Labour government.
Much like the sheep in George Orwell's 'Animal Farm' if they chant it enough times they'll start to believe it's true!
You can listen to Ed Miliband's interview on Radio 2 today here. Apparently it went down like a lead balloon, which may yet be the fate of the young but uninspiring Labour leader
Meanwhile, back in the real world and not the realm of political fancy, the BBC reports that Romania is to tax witches; apparently a group that has avoided the attention of politicians in past centuries, on account of having a nasty habit of cursing them. With eyes on its EU membership, the Romanian tax authorities clearly wish to be inclusive and are concerned about the VAT status of spells, the witches' extravagant bonus culture and the contribution that this may have made to the harsh recession in that country. I'm sure that our own Chancellor will be watching the results with some interest, given Britain's own experience of the last Labour government's, 'Harry Potter' - now you see it now you don't - economics