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I welcomed M J Warner’s letter, ‘Nice one, Mr Brown’ (SA October 28) because the entire Coalition public relations strategy has been based on falsehoods about Gordon Brown’s stewardship of the public finances. Take the myth that New Labour “spent too much”. The annualised Government spend throughout the Thatcher years was 41 per cent of the Gross Domestic Product, (GDP). This dropped to 40 per cent for the Major Government but there was a further fall to 39 per cent for the thirteen years of New Labour.