There's something about inexplicable about austerity madness. Even liberalish people who should have known better would say stupid things like, "Gordon Brown is spending like crazy...even in a recession!" Criticize him for spending like crazy before, perhaps, but spending like crazy during a recession is what you're supposed to do. And their economy was turning around, until the Tories came in and said AUSTERITY! SMASH!
And we're about to follow.