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Our Own Independent Body

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development if predicting that Britain will fall back into recession this quarter.

George Osborne on the other hand, says we won't. Commenting on the OECD forecast, he said:

This is a forecast... Our own forecast from our own independent body, which we published last week, says we are going to avoid a recession.

Our own independent body?

What planet is this man on? How can any body be "our own" and "independent" at the same time?

The answer is, it can't, of course. This is one of the central problems with the way we are governed. Our political leaders belong to a club. In that same club are the "independent" bodies, politicised charities, NGOs and policy think tanks. There is no independence; no separation of powers. This is participatory democracy at its worst.