Our expert in Irish feminist history is having a rare old time with his access to the statistical database.
There has been a sharp rise in the numbers of companies going bust in the past 7 months. Scarily this graph only goes to June 2011, so it actually misses the collapses in July which on very conservative estimates would be at least 3,900. That means that since the Tories have come to power more than 20,000 businesses have gone bust.
That’s nearly 15% fewer than the 23,273 liquidations in the corresponding period before the election, under Labour.
So are you arguing that Tory policies are working?
Even in the good times there are around 3,500 liquidations per quarter, so given the current economic woes your figures don’t look too bad.