Chancellor George Osborne said today's GDP figures are a reminder of the "difficult economic situation" faced by the country. Speaking from Davos, where world leaders and business leaders are meeting, he said:
"We have a reminder today that Britain faces a very difficult situation, a reminder that last year was particularly difficult.[..] Now we can either run away from these problems, or we can confront them, and I am determined to confront them."
Business leaders at the World Economic Forum cautioned against complacency amid optimism that the eurozone is emerging from its crisis.
The Chancellor blames GDP figures on the crisis he inherited, and troubles abroad. As criticism mounts, his position becomes more difficult.
Unusually frank words for the government from one of the City's top economists on today's dismal GDP figures.