Now Britain is officially in double-dip recession....
Needless to say, [under Cameron's ideological leadership] they will not change course, which means that Britain will continue on a death spiral of self-defeating austerity.
Krugman links to an analysis by Brad DeLong and Larry Summers:
[I]t is a failure to engage in expansionary fiscal policy right now--a failure to speed recovery and so reduce the long-term shadow cast on future productivity by the downturn--that is the real threat to long-run fiscal stability.
DeLong and Summers literally do the math--that is, the econometrics--of their argument, which is beyond the comprehension of a poor, humble humanities major such as myself. But that's OK. Additional personnel serving the cause of social-scientific evidence and empirical data would have no effect whatsoever on pseudoconservative ideologues, anyway. They'll do whatever they wish to do, however they wish to do it, and to hell with proven reality.