The Corner

That Seventies Show!

In NR a couple of weeks back, I began a piece on the bailout/stimulus/whatever as follows:

For Britons of a certain age, the defining moment of the pre-Thatcher years came in 1976 when the Chancellor of the Exchequer, Denis Healey, was forced to go cap in hand to the International Monetary Fund and seek a loan—just like any old president-for-life of one of those bankrupt banana republics dear old Bono is always urging debt relief for.

Well, the Seventies are back:

Britain should not be afraid or ashamed of taking money from the International Monetary Fund, a senior Cabinet minister has told the Daily Telegraph.

Economists have warned that the UK’s public finances are in such a bad state there is a real possibility that Britain will seek help from the fund.

A lot more of this to come. As a Seventies-minded reader of mine puts it: Mamma Mia, here we go again . . .

Mark Steyn is an international bestselling author, a Top 41 recording artist, and a leading Canadian human-rights activist.

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