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John Rentoul is chief political commentator for The Independent on Sunday, and visiting fellow at Queen Mary, University of London, where he teaches contemporary history. Previously he was chief leader writer for The Independent. He has written a biography of Tony Blair, whom he admired more at the end of his time in office than he did at the beginning.

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Mugabe analogies are the politics of, er, Mugabe

Posted by John Rentoul
  • Friday, 6 March 2009 at 10:30 am
Iain Dale has a post up entitled "Printing Money is the Economics of Robert Mugabe".

By which he means he does not agree with it. But does he try to answer the arguments of the majority of economists, central bankers and politicians who support it? Does he even acknowledge that the risk of deflation is serious and worth averting if possible? 

Of course not. He just calls printing money "Mugabanomics" as if there were any similarities between the economies and economic policies of OECD countries and Zimbabwe.

Just as Mugabe blames everything bad on the malice of Britain, the former colonial power, Dale assumes that putting the name of a bugbear to a policy will discredit it.