Darling Accused of Worsening Confidence

Candid comments by the British Chancellor provoke charges from rivals that his economic pessimism is only making matters worse

Signs of a split at the top of government and the claim by the Chancellor, Alistair Darling, over the weekend that the economic times "are arguably the worst they've been in 60 years" sent sterling plunging to a record low against the euro and its feeblest showing against the US dollar in two years.

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