TREASURY – LOAN TO THE IMF – 23 April 2012

Dr Julian Lewis: When one's friends are trapped in a burning building, is not the kindest thing to do to lead them in the direction of the exits in an orderly way, rather than give them billions to stay exactly where they are?

[The Chancellor of the Exchequer (Mr George Osborne): I would say that it is to make sure that the fire brigade has enough water to deal with the problem.]