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<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/openhouse/2008/10/why-brown-bounc.html">Andy McSmith: Why Brown bounced</a>

You can feel the simmering incomprehension behind the words that the Shadow Chancellor, George Osborne, has written in today's Evening Standard. Economic catastrophes are meant to be bad for governments, good for opposition parties, but as the scale of the global financial crisis impresses itself upon public opinion, the Conservatives' lead over Labour shrinks.