Whitehall studies Swedish recipe for debt reduction
While Gordon Brown was speaking to the TUC about cuts and plugging the fiscal hole, senior Whitehall figures were gathering to listen to a former Prime Minister who had already done it. Göran Persson was Sweden's Prime Minister during its fiscal crisis in the mid-90's. He is widely credited as the man who saved the country from bankruptcy, but managed to keep the essential elements of its precious welfare state intact. Now that Brown has acknowledged that cuts might be necessary - not least in the eyes of the public - Whitehall can begin to roll up its sleeves and look at the real choices that face us. Sweden is a pretty good place to start.