Two very different viewpoints in yesterday's Guardian article.  David Blanchflower, former MPC member, lays down some particularly hard facts: that the UK was the slowest-growing economy in the EU28 in Q1 of 2017 (and joint last in Q2); and that 0.5% growth in the first half of 2017 makes the UK the "sick man of Europe".  Coupled with weak growth and a decline in real wages, Blanchflower paints a pessimistic picture, and argues vehemently against a rise in interest rates later this year.  Let's see what happens in November...