Mr Dowd criticised the Chancellor of the Exchequer for productivity falling at its fastest annual pace for five years. However, Mr Javid hit back arguing that the Tory Government had just led Britain to a decade of uninterrupted growth. The Chancellor also slammed Labour’s economic track record arguing that the Conservative Party were “firefighters” against the mess Labour had left behind.
The Labour MP for Bootle said: “Mr Speaker the Prime Minister’s special adviser now wants a civil service perhaps modelled on the cabinet comprised of weirdos and misfits with odd skills.
“So as a member of that cabinet what weird explanation does the Chancellor have as to why according to the office of national statistics productivity is falling at its fastest annual pace for five years.”
Mr Javid replied: “Mr Speaker we have just had an unprecedented decade of growth.
“It is only the third time since 1700 that we have had a decade of uninterrupted growth, thanks to the work of this Government.
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“When it comes to weirdos and misfits I know that there are many on that side of the house but they need not apply.”
Mr Dowd hit back: “Well that speaks volumes, doesn’t it?
“The worst recovery since the industrial revolution, is that what this Government can be proud of?
“It is pathetic! Absolutely pathetic!”