You have to laugh at the spin coming out of No10:
"Gordon Brown's decision to cut VAT has absolutely not worked. "Cutting VAT by two points doesn't incite people to buy if they are scared about their future. If anything, consumption in Britain has gone down."
And he went on to say France's response would be different from the UK's, because the "English have no industry."
"We saw the news reports last night. They have been in contact. It was not meant as an attack. I will leave it to the Elysée to explain why that is not a criticism.Not an attack my arse. Just how thick do they think we are? The Telegraph are reporting that Brown and Co are in reality going ape shit.
"We appreciate the context in which the President made those comments, in the context of a domestic French political debate about France's future economic policy."