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No – not really.

But the comparison with a toy that bounces up and down according to the actions of its custodian is useful, considering the woeful effect on the UK’s currency whenever certain Tory politicians open their mouths.

Obviously the pound plummeted when it was revealed that more Britons had voted to leave the European than remain in it.

Then Theresa May became prime minister and Sterling took a tumble whenever she made a speech.

Now the infection has spread to Philip Hammond.

Thankfully, our currency regained at least a little of its value after all of these… incidents, let’s call them.

In seriousness, it is an indication of market jitters over Brexit – the effect of which remains a mystery, and a dangerous liability for the economy and the well-being of everybody in the United Kingdom.

But This Writer believes it has as much to do with the failed government of the Conservative Party under Theresa May and her lieutenants, including Mr Hammond.

The pound briefly fell against a slew of currencies on Wednesday, after the Office for Budget Responsibility slashed its growth forecast.

Sterling initially slipped by around 0.2 per cent against both the euro and the US dollar. It also fell against other major global currencies, including the Swiss franc and Japan’s yen, but was trading higher again by the end of the day.

The pound has endured a turbulent ride since June 2016’s Brexit vote. Even though it has stabilised somewhat in recent months, it remains around 10 per cent lower against the dollar since the referendum and around 13 per cent lower against the Euro.

In the longer term, analysts are cautious about forecasting a sustainable recovery for the currency – especially considering the stubborn uncertainty over what Brexit will eventually look like.

Source: Sterling falls after UK economic growth forecast is slashed


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